Recipe for White Beans
Basic White Beans
Servings: 6
Prep time: 20

This basic white beans recipe is ideal if you are just getting started in the world of cooking. Just remember, dried beans will not soften if cooked in salted water. Do not add any salt or commercial stock products until the beans are soft. The garlic, oil, and herbs will give them plenty of flavor. Watch the video to learn how to make it.


  1. Soak the beans. Rinse the dried beans in water and put them in a large bowl. Cover with at least 4 times their volume of water and leave to soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the beans and put them into a pot with a heavy lid. Add just enough cold water to cover them.
  3. Add the rosemary, garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil. Bring the beans to a boil, then cover and simmer them gently for 20 to 30 minutes or until the beans are tender but not mushy. The cooking time will depend on the size and age of the beans. Smaller and newer beans will require a shorter cooking time, so check on them after 20 minutes.


  • 1 cup dried white beans (baby lima, cannellini or Great Northern), soaked overnight
  • Water, to cover
  • 1 small sprig rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Nutritional Information


119 cals


1 g

Saturated Fat

0 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0 g

Monounsaturated Fat

0 g


21 g


1 g


5 g


8 g


6 mg

*per serving

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