White Beans with Rosemary, Lemon and Bay

This is one of my favorite basic recipes. I use these white beans in salads with tuna, in pasta, and often as a main dish since they're almost too good to serve as a side! A couple of notes: 1) use any kind of white bean you want for thisjust be aware you may need to adjust the cooking time depending on type of bean; 2) these freeze really well, so bag up whatever you don't eat right away to have on hand later; and 3) you can use all water or any combination of water and whatever kind of broth you might havevegetable, chicken, mushroom, whateveradding broth adds flavor.


  • 1 pound dried white beans, soaked overnight or with a pressure cooker
  • 1/2 medium onion, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, minced, divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 6 cups water
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  • Place the beans, onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon rosemary, bay leaves, lemon, water and a generous pinch of salt in a large pot. (You want the beans covered by about 1-1/2 inches of liquid, so if you need to add more, go ahead and do so.)
  • Bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 to 90 minutes, depending on your beans. They should be tender all the way through, without losing their shape. Uncover, and let cool in their liquid.
  • Drain the beans (the liquid makes a great broth in itself!), and remove bay leaves, lemons and onion. Spoon beans into a serving dish, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon rosemary.
Servings: 10
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