When I am feeling broke, I eat beans. Today it is white beans because they feel really rich, especially when combined with sage, asiago cheese and kielbasa. Rich, warm and delicious. I believe in dried beans, not canned beans. This dish may be the inspiration for a new category called: Super Simple Dishes that are Not Fast.
Cook the beans:
- 2 cups dried white beans
- 8 cups water
- 2 Tablespoons FAT: I used duck, you can use olive oil or goose fat or bacon fat
- bay leaf
Pick through the beans to make sure you don’t have any rocks in them. Then put everything into a heavy bottom pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and on very low heat, partially covered, cook the beans until they are tender but not completely mushy. Approximately 1.5-2.5 hours. If you need to add water, add it.
Remove bay leaf.
Add salt. Probably a lot of it.
Now when you’re ready to have a side dish do this:
- 1/2 c yellow onion
- 1 garlic clove minced
- few slices kielbasa cut into little squares
- 1/4 cup asiago shredded
- fresh sage
- salt & pepper
Saute the onion in a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-low heat (#4 on the Magic Chef). After 5 minutes, add the garlic and chopped kielbasa and turn up the heat to medium (#6 on the MC). Saute for about 4-5 minutes then, using a slotted spoon add a few spoonfuls of beans from the pot. Turn the heat back down to med-low (#4MC) and cook until heated through. Add the sage and cheese stirring to combine. Salt and pepper to taste.