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    Creamy White Beans

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    Creamy White Beans

    These savory white beans—flavored with garlic, thyme and bay leaf—are the perfect accompaniment for roast leg of lamb or other slow-cooked meat.

    This Recipe Is:
    Prep: 15 minutes | Total Time: 2 hours (not including soaking time)
    • 1   16-ounce bag
      dried white beans
    • 1   tablespoon
      canola oil
    • 1  
      medium onion, chopped
    • 10   cloves
      garlic, peeled
    • 4   cups
      reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 2   cups
    • 3   large sprigs
      fresh thyme
    • 1  
      bay leaf, preferably fresh
    • 1/4   teaspoon
      freshly ground pepper, or more to taste
    1. Place beans in a bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak overnight. (Alternatively, use our quick-soak method; see Tip.)
    2. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 45 seconds. Add broth, water, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the drained beans; return to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Season with 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover and simmer until very tender, 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours, depending on the type of beans. Season with more pepper, if desired. Serve warm.


    Tip: To soak beans using a “quick-soak” method, place in a large saucepan with enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.
    Nutritional Information

    Makes: 12 servings, 1/2 cup each
    • Calories148
    • Fat2 g
      • Saturated fat0 g
    • Cholesterol0 mg
    • Carbohydrates25 g
      • Dietary fiber6 g
    • Protein10 g
    • Sodium192 mg
    * Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.


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