White beans are a true staple of Tuscan cuisine, and this classic Tuscan bean recipe will surely bring to light a different approach you might have enjoyed only in an authentic Italian restaurant.
While the traditional method includes overnight soaking in a glass vessel (we'll be skipping that step as it can be a specialized tool not easily found in circulation), this genuine white bean recipe is lengthy due to soaking time, but the results are top-notch.
Florentines are known as being great lovers of beans - you and your loved ones will be too after tasting this dish. Relive those Tuscan food memories as you dive into a plate of gloriously-seasoned white beans, and don't skimp out on a toasty piece of rustic country-style bread. It'll come in handy when you're all scrambling around the table looking to mop up the zesty, garlic-infused olive oil left on the bean plate.
Prepare the beans
Soak 300 grams white dried beans in medium-bowl night before you wish to cook the beans. Allow to soak overnight, or at least 12 hours.
Cook the beans
In large pot of unsalted water, boil beans until almost fully cooked. When softened to the touch, drain beans completely and set aside.
Prepare the dressing
Coat bottom of medium-sized sauté pan with high sides. Heat oil until very warm, add whole garlic clove, smashing a bit with side of kitchen knife and leaving the skin on. When garlic begins to become fragrant and lightly browned, add in fresh rosemary and sage leaves and allow flavors to blend slightly. If fresh rosemary or sage not available, both can be substituted with their dried version.
Lower heat to low, and add reserved beans. Add fresh room temperature water on top of beans (just enough to cover the beans), cover with lid and allow to cook until beans are fully softened and cooked through. Remove from heat.
Complete the dish and serve
Place ladleful of beans onto individual serving dishes, adjust to taste with salt and freshly-ground black pepper, and add a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil for taste and garnish. Serve warm or at room temperature.