Make a big pot of this easy vegetarian dish for a hassle-free dinner or side. There's no need to soak the beans beforehand; they cook to a tender finish straight from the package. You can follow this method for other beans, but you may have to adjust the cooking time depending on bean size and freshness.
12 ounces dried flageolet beans
6 garlic cloves, peeled
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. slices on a diagonal
About 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
How to Make It
Put all ingredients including 2 tbsp. oil but not the sprigs or parsley in a 4- to 6-qt. slow-cooker. Add 5 cups boiling water and stir. Cover and cook until most of liquid is absorbed and beans are very tender, 2 1/4 to 3 hours on high or 4 to 4 1/2 hours on low.
Stir in 3 tbsp. parsley. Transfer to a serving dish and drizzle with more oil. Garnish with rosemary and thyme sprigs and remaining 1 tbsp. parsley.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per main-dish serving.
Yum! This reminded me of a slow cooked cassoulet without the meat. Used Great Northern beans, added a chopped onion on the advice of another reader, and did not use any oil. Excited to try other slow cooker bean dishes now...this was so easy.
Used my slow cooker. Added chicken stock instead of water. Did not presoak the beans. Was very good. Easily adaptable. Will keep as a standby when I need something nourishing and warm and easy to throw together with pantry staples.
I tried this recipe twice ( to use up the rest of the beans) and I won't be making it again. The second time I used a slow cooker. It's a bland recipe and I really can't see 2 people giving it 5 stars.
This was absolutely delicious! I cooked it for 3 hours and 15 minutes on high. It was a little sweet (probably from the carrots), so I just added some freshly ground black pepper over the top of each serving. Fantastic flavors, real comfort food!