sweat out the celery and onion in about a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic after a minute or two, because you never. ever. want to burn the garlic. Amen.
Add the diced tomato...stir...enjoy the smells. Yum!
Add your white beans, broth, one tablespoon of tahini, a splash of red wine vinegar, two or three cups of water, and a half-cup of barley...cover and simmer on low heat for a couple of hours, while you play with this:
shameless grandbaby plug, I know.
(Actually, I didn't get to hold him hardly at all today.)
Just before serving, wilt as much spinach as you'd like. Season with coarse salt and fresh ground pepper.