Summer Entertaining 2000: Mother Cooks Best

  Cannellini Beans With Rosemary

The Chef
LIDIA BASTIANICH of Felidia and Becco

Serves eight.

1 and 1/2 pounds dried cannellini beans
2 fresh or dried bay leaves
6 whole rosemary sprigs
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
1/4 cup Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil


Cooking Instructions

Place the beans in a medium-size bowl and pour in enough cool water to cover by 4 inches. Soak the beans in a cool place for at least 8 hours, or overnight. Drain the beans and place them into a medium-size saucepan. Cover generously with cold water and add the bay leaves. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered until the beans are tender, about 40 minutes. Remove from heat. (The water should have reduced and now be level with the beans; if there is too much, drain off excess.) Stir in the rosemary, salt, and olive oil and allow to steep for 30 minutes.

Remove the rosemary stems and bay leaves. Add additional salt and olive oil to taste, then serve.