Slow Cooker Tuscan White Beans

Slow Cooker Tuscan White Beans

Slow Cooker Tuscan White Beans
This is an extremely versatile bean dish. I have served this as a main meal over brown rice with lots of veggie sides and as a side dish to grilled meats. The leftovers are perfect for using in Wild Rice and White Bean Stuffed Tomatoes (see The Whole Meal for the recipe). The mashed garlic really adds unique flavor (as well as being great for cardiovascular and immune health).
    Servings
    6 people
    Cook Time
    HIGH 5-6 hrs
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    Servings
    6 people
    Cook Time
    HIGH 5-6 hrs
    Meal Plan
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    Ingredients
    • 1pound dried white beans, such as great northern or navy (rinsed, soaked overnight, and drained)*
    • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
    • 1 whole head of garlic, left whole and unpeeled
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1/2tablespoon sea salt
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • Extra virgin olive oil for serving
    • Hunk of parmesan cheese, for grating at serving
    Instructions
    1. Combine beans and next 3 ingredients (through bay leaves) with 8 cups of water in a 4 qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 4-5 hours or until beans are tender. The beans need to be covered with water at all times to cook properly. Towards the end of the cooking time, add the salt and remove the bay leaf and head of garlic. Reserve the head of garlic. Turn off slow cooker.
    2. Let the beans cool in the cooker for 1 hour, uncovered, and then drain ยฝ of the liquid. Squeeze the cooked garlic into the beans; add additional salt and freshly ground pepper. Stir well and serve. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil and grate fresh parmesan cheese on top for great Italian flavor.
    Recipe Notes

    *Soaking the beans overnight is important as it softens them and allows a shorter cooking time, as well as cleans off all the surface dirt and bacteria that does not get washed off after harvesting. Soaking also allows beans to slowly absorb the liquid they need to cook evenly and completely so they don't split open, lose their skins, or cook only the outer surface while the middle remains hard.

    Grilled polenta cakes or brown rice and your favorite seasonal green veggie would be the perfect accompaniment to this meal.

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