Dried beans are healthy and economical: They cost much less than their canned counterparts and allow you to control the sodium and additives that go into your beans. Here are 14 dried bean recipes to get you started.
Add extra flavor to baked Great Northern beans with dry-cured Spanish chorizo, a type of smoked sausage with a deep red color.
Be sure to use firm, dry-cured Spanish chorizo and not soft, raw Mexican chorizo for this recipe.
View Recipe: Smoky Baked Beans with Chorizo
Inspired by his Cuban mother's black bean soup, Chef Douglas Rodriguez of DeLaCosta restaurant in Chicago developed the robust
flavor in this recipe for people who didn't have money to spend on meat for stock. Here we use both fresh and dried oregano
because each imparts a different flavor to the final dish.
View Recipe: Cuban Black Bean Soup
This ham and bean soup recipe gets great flavor from a smoked ham hock, fresh vegetables, and fresh herbs. Starting with
a package of dried bean soup mix instead of using canned beans helps keep the sodium in check.
View Recipe: Ham and Bean Soup
This one-pot meal can be made up to three days ahead and refrigerated.
View Recipe: Collard Greens with Lima Beans and Smoked Turkey
Using broth to cook the beans instead of water makes them that much more savory. Seasoned with cumin and paired with chopped
veggies make this an easy, healthy side dish.
View Recipe: Seattle Black Beans
Find flageolets, tiny French kidney beans, can be found in specialty food stores or online at www.indianharvest.com. For a nice presentation, garnish with thyme sprigs.
View Recipe: Tiny French Beans with Smoked Sausage
Add a green salad and crusty bread to this simple rustic dish for a satisfying supper. Simmer the beans on the stovetop if
they're still not tender after cooking under pressure for 12 minutes.
View Recipe: White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto
This filling soup makes good use of leftover ham. Pair with fresh bread for a complete meal.
View Recipe: Mexican Ham and Bean Soup
Simmer dried navy beans with ham hocks, carrot, and onion for a hearty and nutrient-packed main dish soup.
View Recipe: Hearty Navy Bean Soup
Cooking the beans and lamb at the same time frees you to work on an appetizer or dessert.
View Recipe: Lamb Shanks on Cannellini Beans
Slightly sweet red and white Anasazis contrast with robust black beans in flavor and color. You can substitute pintos for
the Anasazi beans, if you prefer.
View Recipe: Anasazi and Black Bean Chili
The morel mushrooms give this healthy dish and earthy undertone. You can also use shiitake mushrooms and edamame, good year-round
alternatives to morels and fava beans.
View Recipe: Farfalle with Fava Beans, Morel Mushrooms, and Mascarpone
This rich dish balances sweet and tart flavors from the cranberries with savory notes from the pork and sage. Garnish each
serving with a fresh sage sprig.
View Recipe: Pork Roast with White Beans and Cranberries
Just one serving of this side goes a long way toward helping you reach your daily fiber goal. To quick-soak the beans, cover
with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Then continue
the recipe with preheating the oven.
View Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans