As a rule, Tuscan cooking is neither fussy nor complicated. It does not rely on expensive ingredients, heavy sauces, or elaborate presentations to shine. Instead, these recipes often feature high-quality local ingredients combined in delicious, yet elegantly simple, ways.
This recipe is no exception. Here, humble white beans are infused with the flavors of garlic, fresh herbs, and spices, then topped off by a drizzle of the high-quality extra virgin olive oil for which Tuscany is known.
This classic side dish pairs well with any number of entrees, including many types of chicken, beef, pork, and seafood. When making this dish, it’s always a good idea to prepare more beans than you think you’ll need. Leftovers can be added to salads, stews, and soups, such as this delicious Rustic Tuscan White Bean Soup.
Time-Saving Tip: if you don’t have time to soak beans overnight, add them to a large pot and cover with 3” of cold water. Bring to a rapid boil over high heat for one minute, then remove from heat. Cover and set aside for at least one hour before draining.