Basic Beans

Basic Beans
Photo by Scott Phillips


  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 to 1-½ cups dried beans, sorted through and rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh herbs (such as rosemary, thyme, or flat-leaf parsley)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Wrap the bay leaves, garlic, and herbs in cheesecloth and tie with twine. Put the beans in a large pot and cover with water by 2 inches (about 2 quarts). Add the herb bundle and the salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to maintain a very gentle simmer, cover, and cook until the be...

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