The Tastiest Cooked White Beans
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Yields 2 cups of cooked beans
  • 1 cup dried white beans (like cannellini or great northern)
  • 5 cups of filtered water
  • 2 cloves peeled garlic
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Sort beans and discard any rocks or damaged beans. Rinse.
  2. Place beans, garlic, rosemary and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Turn the flame lower, cover with the lid ajar, and simmer stirring occasionally.
  3. About halfway through cooking, stir in ½ teaspoon salt (about 30-40 minutes into cooking). If necessary, add more water as the beans cook so that they remain covered by water.
  4. Cook beans until soft and creamy, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. The time varies depending on the specific batch of beans. Check several different beans for doneness before turning off the stove; sometimes not all the beans are ready at once. Drain and remove rosemary branch.
Recipe by Dana's Table at