Tuscan White Beans with Fresh Sage is a perfect example of Tuscan cooking at its finest. Although Tuscan cuisine is more than just simple, healthy dishes, they don't have to be complicated to be delicious and elegant
3 c. dried white beans (preferably cannellini), rinsed and picked over
Cold water, to cover
2 T. olive oil
6-8 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
2 bay leaves
10-12 large fresh sage leaves
2 large sprigs fresh thyme
2 large sprigs fresh rosemary
2 t. sea salt
15-20 whole black peppercorns
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 T. high-quality extra virgin olive oil
Add rinsed beans to a large bowl and cover with cold water. Cover and set aside for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Drain and rinse beans and transfer to a large stock pot or Dutch oven. Cover with 2-3 inches of cold water and add 2 tablespoons regular olive oil, garlic, bay leaves, fresh herbs, salt, and black peppercorns. Bring to a low boil for one minute over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low. Remove and discard any foam that collects on the surface while boiling.
Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 1½ hours or until beans are tender. Remove from heat and let beans cool in the pot with the cooking liquid for 15-20 minutes.
Note: Actual cooking time will depend on the size and age of the beans. Smaller, fresher beans will take less time than larger, older ones. Check for doneness after 45 minutes and adjust cooking time accordingly. Beans should be tender, but not mushy.
Carefully drain beans, reserving some of the liquid to use in soups or stews, if desired. Remove and discard the solids from the cooking process before transferring the beans to a serving container. Season with salt and black pepper, if desired, and drizzle with high-quality olive oil to serve. Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 2 hrs