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Slow-Cooked Dried Beans

This is an incredibly easy, hands-off method of cooking beans. Usually you need to soak beans before cooking them, but with this method, you can skip that. This makes approximately 6 cups cooked beans, equivalent to 4 15-oz cans.

Serves 8
Ready in 365 mins
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 360 mins
212 calories per serving


> 1 onion, diced
> 2 cloves garlic, minced
> 1 tbsp olive oil
> 2 bay leaves
> 1 tsp dried basil, oregano, or thyme
> 1 lb dried beans, rinsed and picked over


Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft, about 5 min. Place in a slow cooker along with bay leaves and herbs. Add beans. Cover with hot water by at least 1 inch.
Cook on high for 6 hours. Chill beans, covered, in cooking liquid until ready to use.

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