Difficulty Easy
Pulse Type Beans
Specialty Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Recipe Contributed By Platings and Pairings

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Italian White Beans

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours


  • 1 lb white beans, dried; great northern or navy (1 lb is about 2 ½ cups)
  • 12 cups water
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 5 sage, fresh
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin, high quality


  • Place beans, water, garlic, sage, bay leaf and 2 Tbsp. oil in a heavy saucepan. Cover and slowly bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, about 1 hour. Gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender but not mushy, about 1-2 hours more.
  • Remove from heat, set aside, and allow beans to cool in the cooking liquid for 15 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • To serve, drain the beans and drizzle with remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil. You can also serve the beans on crostini as an appetizer.