Cook the bacon: Add bacon to a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 4-5 minutes,
Cook the veggies: Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Bring beans to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Drain cooked beans, transfer to a large bowl, and set aside. Rinse and dry the pot.