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.
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.
Drain and rinse the beans and put them into a pot with a heavy lid. Add just enough cold water to cover them.
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.
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