Josh and I recently discovered the true delight of cooking with dried beans. While they do require more time, they aren’t actually any harder to deal with, and the difference between opening a can of beans or cooking a big batch of beans from scratch can’t be emphasized enough.
Typically I set our beans out to soak in cold water overnight on Saturday night and cook a bean dish on Sunday. This works really well for our schedule. I spend most Sundays in the kitchen anyway, cooking up breakfasts and lunches for the week ahead, so keeping an eye on a pot of beans is no trouble at all. It makes Josh super happy to come home from work (yes, he works weekends. Total bummer) to a house that smells amazing and a nice hearty dinner ready for him.
Here are some of our current favorite recipes:
- Giant Chipotle White Beans– I never knew giant lima beans could be so good
- Cuban Black Beans
- Vegetarian Black Bean Chili– made from the Cuban Black Beans
- Red Beans and Rice– I make this about once a month!
- One Pot Pasta Fagioli
- Beanie Wienies– no resemblance to the canned stuff. Spicy!
- Baby Lima Soup With Chipotle Broth
I’m sure that as the weather outside starts to hopefully one day cool down, we’ll be finding even more recipes. Beans are cheap, nutritious, and endlessly versatile. I fully intend to grow and dry my own next year, and to also order a bunch from Rancho Gordo over the coming months. Big plans.
Anyone else have any favorite bean recipes? I’m a recipe junkie.