- 2 1/2 cup cannellini beans
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 1/4 cup carrots, chopped
- 1 1/4 cup celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh or canned tomatoes
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Parmesan cheese to taste
- pepper to taste
Rinse the beans well and place in a large pot. Cover the beans with 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, cover, and turn off the heat. Allow to soak for 1 hour.
Place the olive oil, onions, and garlic in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. When the garlic begins to sizzle, after about 30 seconds, add the carrots and celery and continue to cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, basil, and parsley and cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 3 minutes.
Add 6 cups of the soaked beans, cover with 10 cups of cold water, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, partially covered, until the beans are tender and creamy, at least 1 1/2 but up to 2 1/2 hours. Add water if necessary to achieve desired consistency; the soup should be thick. Add the salt halfway through the cooking. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, freshly black ground black pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.