Minestrones are tasty and robust and can be made with any number of different vegetable and beans. We sometimes add green peas, fresh corn, spinach, or kale, or use only chickpeas or navy (pea) beans. Serve with fresh crusty bread.
Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the kidney beans and cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 30 minutes. Add the Great Northern beans and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Add the lentils, onion, garlic, parsley, cabbage, tomatoes, olive oil, oregano, basil, carrots, and celery and continue cooking, uncovered, for 1 hour.