Beautiful Pot of Beans

Beautiful Pot of Beans

Makes about 6 1/2 cups
When recipes tell you to "soak beans for 8 hours or overnight," it doesn't always have to be exact. We like to soak beans in the morning, go to work, then drain and rinse them when we come home. Then we simmer them in water while we go about our evening, store them, and enjoy our cooked beans the next day.
  • 1 pound dried beans
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 whole clove
  • 3 quarts water
  • 2 bay leaves
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Spread beans on a tray and pick out and discard any small stones or sticks. Transfer beans to a strainer and rinse briefly. Place beans in a large bowl, cover with a few inches of cold water and soak 8 hours or overnight. (Alternatively, you can use the quick-soak method: Place sorted, rinsed beans in a large pot, cover with a few inches of cold water and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover pot and soak beans 1 hour; proceed as below.)

Drain beans, rinse briefly and transfer them to a large pot. Stick clove into onion half and add to pot along with water and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer, uncovered, until beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Drain and cool; discard onion and bay leaves.

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Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: Serving size: 1/2 cup, 120 calories (5 from fat), 0.5g total fat, 5mg sodium, 21g carbohydrates, (7 g dietary fiber), 7g protein.
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