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.

Virginia Willis


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place beans in a bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak overnight. (Alternatively, use our quick-soak method; see Tip.)

  • 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.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days; reheat and thin with a little water or broth, if desired.

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.

Nutrition Facts

144 calories; 1.5 g total fat; 0.2 g saturated fat; 192 mg sodium. 587 mg potassium; 23.8 g carbohydrates; 5.8 g fiber; 1 g sugar; 9.9 g protein; 1 mg vitamin c; 77 mcg folate; 84 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 59 mg magnesium;