White Beans with Rosemary and Garlic
Dried beans are extremely economical, and a great source of energy. This hearty, simple meal consists of white beans and flavorful seasonings.
|Dried white beans (Cannellini, White Runner, Great Northern, Navy, etc.)||1 Cup|
|Olive oil||1/4 Cup|
|Garlic cloves||4, coarsely chopped|
|Rosemary||1 Tsp, coarsely chopped|
Soak beans overnight in 4 cups water. Drain and transfer to a heavy pot. Add water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and skim off any foam. Simmer gently for 2 hours or so, until the beans are tender. Add more water if necessary during the cooking. Salt to taste.
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan or skillet, warm olive oil over low heat. Add garlic and rosemary. Cook just until the garlic is soft, about 2 minutes. Stir into the beans, taste for salt, and adjust as needed. Let the dish sit for a few minutes before serving to allow the flavors to marry.
Leaves of either sage or winter or summer savory are delicious substitutes for rosemary.
From The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
Clarkson Potter / Publishers