Simple White Beans with Sage | Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

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Simple White Beans with Sage

FAST: 1½ hours
Slow: 7¼ to 7¾ hours 20 minutes active

Simple White Beans with Sage

Firm yet creamy cooked white beans are a blank canvas. With a mild, subtly sweet flavor they can be made into salads or sides, are excellent additions to soups and stews, add substance to pasta dishes or can be pureed into silky-smooth dips. Cannellini, one of the larger and more common white bean varieties, is our favorite and the type we call for in this recipe, but small white beans such as navy and great northern work, too. Smaller beans require the same soaking, but if pressure-cooking, set the cooking time for 12 minutes, or if slow-cooking, set the cooking time for 6 to 6½ hours. For a few easy ways to use the cooked beans, see the following recipes.

6

Cups

Tip

Don't season too aggressively with salt and pepper after draining at the end, as the beans likely will be seasoned with additional salt and pepper in whatever dish they are used in.

FAST: 1½ hours
Slow: 7¼ to 7¾ hours

20 minutes active

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