1 1/2 lbs. dried white beans
3 carrots, peeled, finely chopped
1 large red onion, finely chopped
3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
Pinch of paprika (hot or sweet)
Salt and freshly ground pepperRinse beans and then place in a large pot with enough cold water to cover beans. Bring beans to a boil, reduce heat, and cook for 35 minutes or until almost tender.
In large pot, heat 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil. Add chopped onion, celery and carrots. Saute for about two minutes, then add tomato paste and cook for one more minute.