A Perfect Pot of Beans

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Use this basic recipe to prepare beans for the recipes here. Adding aromatics (such as onion, garlic, and herbs) will flavor the beans and their broth, but leave a neutral flavor for any type of recipe. Kombu (dried kelp) helps reduce beans’ gas-producing properties.

  • 5Servings


  • 2 cups dried heirloom beans, pre-soaked, if desired
  • 1/2 onion, peeled, optional
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed, optional
  • 1 bay leaf, optional
  • 1 strip kombu, optional
  • Sprigs of fresh or dried herbs, optional


Place beans, optional aromatics, and 8 to 10 cups water in large pot or saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer pre-soaked beans for 30 minutes; dried beans for 2 hours, or until beans are tender and creamy, adding more water if necessary. Remove aromatics before serving or using beans.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 124
  • Carbohydrate Content: 23 g
  • Fat Content: 0.5 g
  • Fiber Content: 12 g
  • Protein Content: 7 g
  • Sodium Content: 2 mg
  • Sugar Content: 1 g