|Source: Nancy Alonzo (2002)|
|Prep time: 15 minutes||Cooking time: 1 hour||Total time: 1 1⁄4 hours|
Soak beans overnight (optional) and drain. Cook onion, celery, carrot, pepper, basil and garlic in olive oil until soft. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and cover with water. Simmer, covered, about 1 hour to desired tenderness.