Try adding chopped fresh or frozen spinach. Add small cooked pasta for a minestrone soup. Top each serving with Parmesan cheese.
2 cups dried white beans
6 cups water
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3 carrots, sliced
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 med onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bay leaves
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
1 Place beans in large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand at least one hour.
2 Drain and rinse beans. Return to pot and add the water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until vegetables and beans are tender. Discard the bay leaves before serving.