My very favorite gourmet Mama recently shared her delicious recipe for Tuscan Style White Beans, a simple and delicious side dish that's also nutritious and cheap! With her approval, I'm sharing it with you, Mamas.
1 lb dried Cannellini beans
4 T fruity extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic - crushed
4-5 fresh sage leaves
3-4 whole peppercorns
salt & pepper to taste
Sort through beans discarding as necessary. Rinse under cold water. Put beans in large earthenware casserole. Cover with cold water & set aside for at least 4 hrs or, preferably, overnight. Drain beans.
Add 12 c. cold water, 2 T oil, garlic, sage & peppercorns. Cover casserole (or pot) & bring to a simmer over medium heat - about 1 hour. Season to taste with salt, reduce heat to med-low & gently simmer, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until beans are tender & interiors are soft - about 1-2 hrs more.Remove from heat, set aside & allow the beans to cool in the cooking liquid.
To serve, reheat the beans in their liquid over med-low heat, drain them & season with s&p.
Drizzle with remaining 2 T olive oil.