2 cups dried Great Northern Bean that have been soaked over night or brought to a boil in water to cover and left to soak for 1 hour. Drain
Saute in 1/3 cup olive oil (do this in the same large soup kettle you will be using to make the soup):
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
Add your drained beans back to the pot.
Add water, chicken or vegetable broth to cover, let simmer about 2 hours until the beans are tender.
If you feel like pasta add a cup or so of cooked elbow or your favorite pasta.
This is really good with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.