Southern-Style – (rich & savory)
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Southern-Style – (rich & savory)

Prep: 25 minutes
Bake: 1 hour • Serves: 12

3slices smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2cup chopped onion
3cans (16 ounces each) vegetarian beans in tomato sauce, undrained
3garlic cloves, crushed with press
1/2cup PICS tomato sauce or PICS ketchup
1/3cup molasses
1/3cup packed PICS brown sugar
1tablespoon PICS yellow mustard
1/2teaspoon PICS ground black pepper

1.Preheat oven to 350°. In large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 7 minutes or until partially cooked, stirring frequently. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate to drain; discard all but 1 teaspoon bacon drippings.

2.In same skillet with reserved drippings, cook bell pepper and onion over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until slightly softened, stirring constantly.

3.In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients and onion mixture until well combined. Transfer bean mixture to 13 x 9-inch or 3-quart baking dish; top with bacon.

4.Bake 1 hour or until top is browned and sauce thickens.

Approximate nutritional values per serving:
192 Calories, 1g Fat (0g Saturated), 2mg Cholesterol,
468mg Sodium, 40g Carbohydrates, 6g Fiber, 6g Protein