Simmer 1/2 cup of elbow macaroni in 2 cups water for 8-10 minutes. Drain & set aside.
Chop 1/2 an onion and a rib of celery and saute them in a little bacon grease until they're soft.
Add ground meat and seasoning, cook until all pink is gone. Drain away grease.
Place the ground meat/onion mixture in a large soup pot.
Add a can of drained & rinsed beans. (any white bean will work - navy, great northern, garbanzo, etc.)
Add remaining ingredients - an undrained can of mixed vegetables, a can of chicken broth, 2 cans of Italian flavored chopped tomatoes and the cooked/drained noodles. Stir to combine.
Heat gently until heated through and enjoy.