White Beans with Sage

(Fagioli Sgranati)
At the trattoria Coco Lezzone, they used fresh beans to make this dish, but dried beans make an excellent substitute (sgranati simply means shelled).

White Beans with Sage
Simple, savory and the perfect accompaniment to a hearty meal.
Yield: makes 8 Cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dried cannellini beans (about 1 1⁄3 lbs.)
  • 1 14 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Pick through and rinse beans in water. Put beans into a medium pot and cover with water. Add 1⁄4 cup of the olive oil and sage leaves to the pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a very gentle simmer. Continue simmering gently, stirring occasionally, until the skins of the beans are tender and the insides are soft, about 2 hours.
  2. Drain beans and transfer them to a large bowl. Add remaining 1 cup of oil and salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently and serve hot with the Roasted Herb-Stuffed Pork Loin, if you like.