Braised white beans

Braised white beans

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins - 1 hr, 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

A healthy and delicious side dish, packed full of unforgettable flavours - try it with a roast

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
247
protein
14g
carbs
35g
fat
7g
saturates
2g
fibre
12g
sugar
5g
salt
0.15g

Ingredients

  • 500g dried white beans (haricot or cannellini), soaked overnight
  • 2 onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 bouquet garni (I used 2 sprigs each parsley, rosemary and thyme, plus a bay leaf)
  • 25g butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • chopped parsley, to serve

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Method

  1. Rinse the beans and put in a large pan with 1 onion, 1 carrot and 1 celery stick, all halved, 1 unpeeled garlic clove and the bouquet garni. Cover with water, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30-45 mins, until the beans are almost tender but holding their shape.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the remaining onion, carrots and celery stick. Peel and finely chop the remaining garlic. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan, add the vegetables and gently fry for 10 mins until lightly coloured.
  3. Drain the beans, reserving the cooking liquid. Fish out and discard the whole vegetables and bouquet garni. Add the beans to the pan of vegetables with the tomatoes and sufficient reserved cooking liquid to just cover them. Top up with boiling water if necessary. Add plenty of salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for about 30 mins until the beans and vegetables are tender, then scatter with parsley, to serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2009

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