Thanks to the October ’09 Bon Appetit for this one. It is a great base recipe that can be used to make White Bean and Pasta Soup and White Bean and Tuna Salad.

  • 1 lb white beans, soaked overnight
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 1 head garlic, unpeeled, with the top cut off
  • 1/2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Place beans in a large pot, cover with water, and add garlic, sage, and peppercorns. Boil about an hour and a half, until soft, then add salt, and boil another half hour or so. Makes about 6 cups of beans.