Slow-Cooked Beans

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 5h
  • Rating ****

6 cups

By cooking your own dried beans, you save money, reduce sodium and get better flavor along with, surprisingly, more vitamins and minerals. If you can't use the whole batch, freeze surplus cooked beans for later use in soups, salads and dips. The range of time for cooking beans is wide and varies with the age and the type of beans selected.


  • 1 pound dried beans, such as cannellini beans, black beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, great northern beans or pinto beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Soak the beans in enough cold water to cover them by 2 inches for 6 hours or overnight. (Alternatively, use the quick-soak method: Place beans in a large pot with enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour).

Drain the beans and place them in a slow cooker. Add the onion, garlic, thyme and bay leaf. Pour in the boiling water. Cook, covered, on high until beans are tender, 2 - 3 1/2 hours. Add salt, cover, and cook for 15 minutes more.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7489

nutrition information per serving

260 calories; 1g total fat; 0g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 201mg sodium; 48g carbohydrates; 19g fiber; 15g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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