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Simple Heirloom Beans

  • August 23, 2014
  • 9:30 am
Simple Heirloom Beans

YIELD 8 servings


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced onions
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 serrano chiles, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups dried beans, soaked 3 hours (or overnight) and rinsed (2/3 cup each cannellinis, red beans and borlotti or cranberry beans)
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


1. Heat olive oil in a heavy-duty stockpot over medium heat. Stir in onions, garlic and chiles. Add salt and black pepper, and sauté until onions are translucent. Add beans, stirring well so that they are coated with oil. Pour water over the beans–enough to cover them by two inches. Stir in bay leaves and red pepper flakes. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Skim off any scum that may accumulate as the beans cook.

2. Cook, partially covered about 2 hours, stirring occasionally and adding more liquid if needed. Discard bay leaves. Taste for salt and heat, adjusting as needed.

Recipe courtesy of Nancy Vienneau and Third Thursday Potluck and photography by Teresa Blackburn. This recipe originally appeared as Heirloom Beans on

For more beans recipes on, check out the following:

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1:28AM PST on Feb 23, 2015

Thanks for sharing

11:10AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Looks good! Thank you.

2:10AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Thank you :)

2:35AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

Thank you :)

3:37AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

Yummy Yum Yum. This will be excellent in Winter.

11:50AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

This recipe sounds delish!

5:23AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

great recipe, thank you

3:53AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014


3:49AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

This would, I think, be nice cold too.

3:40AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Just one little note, I've always been under the impresion that you should only add salt to beans near the end of cooking, apparently this stops them from becoming tough.

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