Beans with Aromatics

From Madison, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone


  • 1 c. beans, cleaned, rinsed, & soaked
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • Several parsley sprigs
  • 1 large garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 piece kombu
  • Salt


  1. Drain the beans, cover them with 6 cups fresh water & bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Skim off any foam.
  2. Lower the heat, add the remaining ingredients, except salt, cover and simmer until the beans are partially tender, 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Add 1 ½ tsp. salt and continue cooking until tender but not mushy. Let the bean cool in their broth.
  4. Remove the aromatics with slotted spoon and discard them. Pour off the broth and reserve it for stock