3 quarts (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup and 2 tablespoons cheese)

How to Make It

Step 1

Sort and wash beans; place in a large, nonaluminum Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above the beans; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour.

Step 2

Drain beans. Combine beans, 6 cups water, and next 7 ingredients, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours or just until beans are tender. Stir in the parsley and the next 3 ingredients; cook, uncovered, an additional 15 minutes.

Step 3

Ladle into individual soup bowls, and top with cheese.

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