Sort your beans for any small pebbles first. (You can do this ahead of time and have them ready to use when convenient. I usually divide a bag into two 40-oz. size clean peanut butter jars). Rinse and soak the beans overnight before cooking them until softened. This can take a few hours more. When the beans are softened, it is time to start browning the two cups of chopped onion, one cup of chopped celery in the 1/4 cup of olive oil. After the vegetables are golden brown, add the beans, basil, tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper and cook thoroughly. ENJOY!