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White Beans

  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup chopped boiled ham
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 pound dried white navy beans, rinsed and sorted over, soaked overnight and drained
  • 8 to 10 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 2 recipes Steamed Rice


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. SautÈ the onions and celery with the salt, black pepper, and bay leaves for about 5 minutes. Add the ham and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the beans and cover with water. Add the Tabasco. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for about 3 hours, or until the beans are soft and creamy. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove the bay leaves and serve over steamed white rice.