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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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