In the meantime we had sliced 1/2 a big onion, 2 cloves of garlic, and the stalks of a handful of basil leaves. They were next with a little more oil. We used the opportunity and loosened the bacon bits at the bottom of the pot. We gave this a good eight minutes.
Then we added 4 chopped vine tomatoes and 2 cans canellini beans, rinsed and drained. Then we added 2 cups of water, brought it to a boil and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
We fished out some lose tomatoe skins and added 4 more tomatoes; these being quartered. We gave it all another 15 minutes.
Last but not least we added the basil leaves, a handful of freshly greates Parmesan, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.
To serve everybody got to sprinkle the crunchy bacon and more Parmesan over the stew, as well as a little olive oil. We also had a loaf of crunchy ciabatta at the ready.
Oooooooooh yes. Good healthy bean stew by the spoonful.