Easy and warming recipes for cooking beans

6 Recipes
Brothy Baked Chickpeas with Chilled Lemon Watercress
Brothy Baked Chickpeas with Chilled Lemon Watercress.
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Use hours at home to cook beans for soups, stews or hearty baked dishes.

Boston Baked Beans

Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

Classic, sweet and smoky, baked beans are perfect for cold, rainy days, no barbecue required.

Baked Gigantes (Oven-Baked White Beans)

Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8

This recipe makes use of creamy giant white beans and caramelized onions for warming, rib-sticking dinner.

Basque-Style Beans

Time 2 hours
Yields Serves 8 to 10

These Basque-style simmered beans from Wool Growers in Bakersfield are full of flavor from rendered salt pork.

Brothy Baked Chickpeas With Chilled Lemon Watercress

Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields Serves 4.

Lightly smoked or spicy cured meat perfumes canned chickpeas with a long-cooked flavor.

Winter Greens and Chickpea Soup

Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yields Serves 8

A simple pot of soup, this recipe makes great use of canned chickpeas (you can use any beans) and a bunch of hearty greens for a healthy, warming soup.

Giant White Bean Soup

Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Yields Serves 6

This is a classic treatment on cooking a pot of beans, Italian-style. A few simple aromatics perfume the broth and legumes, making them extra flavorful for a variety of uses.


Ben Mims is the cooking columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has written three cookbooks and has worked as a food editor and recipe developer for several food media publications, such as Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, Saveur, Food Network and Buzzfeed/Tasty.
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