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Italian butter beans are big and creamy, but if you can’t find them, substitute any large white bean. Chef Annie Somerville lets the beans marinate in the dressing for at least a half-hour, so they’re extra-flavorful.More Healthy Winter Recipes

Annie Somerville
January 2012

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Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
3 hrs
Yield:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Rinse the beans and transfer them to a large saucepan. Add the bay leaf and 3 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until nearly tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Season the beans with salt and simmer until they are tender, but still hold their shape, about 45 minutes longer.

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  • Meanwhile, bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add the onion and blanch for 30 seconds. Drain the onion and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil.

  • Drain the beans. Add them to the dressing, season with salt and pepper and toss. Let the beans stand for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Just before serving, fold in the parsley and tarragon.

Make Ahead

The dressed beans can be refrigerated overnight. Return to room temperature and fold in the herbs before serving.

Notes

One Serving: 284 cal, 14 gm fat, 2.1 gm sat fat, 30 gm carb, 7 gm fiber, 11 gm protein.

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