A Perfect Pot of Beans


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