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These "Awfully Good Beans" are super easy to prepare and have a delicious flavor making them a perfect meatless main dish or side dish!
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Awfully Good Beans

Taste them! You'll agree...they're "awfully good", right?!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Resting1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Awfully Good Beans
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Debbie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried great northern beans
  • 6 Tablespoons (¾ stick) butter
  • 5 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried marjoram leaves, not ground powdered
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained. *(I like to use petite diced)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Place the beans in a large bowl.
  • Discard any stones or any misshapen beans. Rinse under cold water and drain.
  • Place rinsed beans in a large saucepan with a fitted lid. Cover with cold water by about 2”. Covered, bring to a boil.
  • Allow to continue boiling for about 5 minutes. Remove pot from heat and remove lid. Let beans sit for about 1 hour. Drain. I love seeing the difference from when they were dried to after they've sat and soaked! 
    These "Awfully Good Beans" are super easy to prepare and have a delicious flavor making them a perfect meatless main dish or side dish!
  • Transfer drained beans back to the pot and cover with water. Return to stove and bring to a low simmer, partially covered. Cook until the beans are tender but not squishy/mushy! About 45 minutes more.
  • In another large saucepan, heat the butter with the olive oil. Stir until heated through. Stir in the dried marjoram leaves. This is where I can't help but pick up a spoonful and breathe in the rich delicious aroma! The butter, olive oil and marjoram...Mmmmm!
    These "Awfully Good Beans" are super easy to prepare and have a delicious flavor making them a perfect meatless main dish or side dish!
  • Add the butter and oil mixture to the beans. Stir in the drained tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat. See...they ARE "Awfully Good", right?

Notes

*I like to drain the canned tomatoes through a colander. With the back of a wooden spoon, I gently move the tomatoes around to remove as much liquid as possible.
Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:
After step #7 above, set the beans aside or refrigerate and then heat 5 – 8 minutes on medium heat before serving.
 
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