Beans are a great base for weeknight meals, but while they're incredibly simple to make, there's one key ingredient we just don't have every night: time. That's why we like to make a pot over the weekend and use it for quick meals throughout the week. Dried beans, whether you soak them or not, will still take a couple of hours to cook. Fresh beans are great when you can get them, but there's a lot of shucking involved. Neither of those options appeal to us after a long day of work.
But on a leisurely Saturday or Sunday at home, we're happy to spend the time, especially because it means several no-fuss dinners and leftover lunches throughout the week. If we've had an especially rough day, a simple bowl of beans is so comforting. But there are also plenty of ways to dress them up.
Here are a few recipes and ideas from the archives:
Florida Butter Beans with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Italian Marrow Beans with Tuna
Basil Parmesan Pot Beans
Borlotti Beans in Tomato Sauce with Creamy Polenta
Giant Chipotle White Beans
Fondue With Puréed Beans Instead of Cheese
Ricotta Pasta with Fava Beans and Bacon
Fava Bean Dip with Roasted Garlic and Yogurt
How to Cook Beans in the Slow Cooker
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