Photo: Thomas J. Story
Total Time
4 Hours 45 Mins
Serves 4 (8 or 9 as a side)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Note: Nutritional analysis is per main-dish serving.

Ratings & Reviews

deannelc's Review

January 25, 2013
Meh. This recipe was ok. Nothing stood out as being dreadfully wrong, but I'm not inspired to make it again.

user's Review

November 26, 2013

bjane1's Review

October 14, 2013
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.

Jessie86's Review

February 22, 2013
This is so easy! The only alterations, I like to add one yellow onion and I use a 16 oz bag of cut baby carrots in place of the sliced whole carrots. I make this at least once a month.

Oliveoil's Review

August 26, 2013
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.

chai224's Review

January 30, 2013
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!

Boldercook's Review

January 02, 2013
Absolutely delicious: gluten free, nightshade free and vegetarian! I soaked the beans ahead of time, used vegetable "no chicken broth" as well as hot water and added MORE garlic. Delicious and easy.

lizlutz's Review

January 30, 2013
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.