FOR THE BEANS:
1 cup dried beans, such as cannellini or cranberry
1 small onion, peeled
2 garlic cloves, peeled
Up to 4 ounces Parmesan rinds
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 thick slices crusty sourdough bread
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tablespoons parsley leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon marjoram leaves, chopped
Flaky sea salt, finely grated Parmesan and freshly ground black pepper, for serving
Soak the beans in cold water overnight, or for 10 to 12 hours. Rinse beans, and place in a large heavy-bottomed pot with onion, garlic, Parmesan rinds, olive oil and salt. Cover beans with water, so the water level is a couple of inches above the beans, and bring to a boil, then turn heat down so it’s simmering gently. Put a lid on the pot, and cook until beans are tender, adding more water as needed to keep the beans submerged. This could take 1 to 2 hours or more, depending on the beans and whether or not you soaked them.
Use a spoon to fish out the onion, garlic and cheese rinds; discard. Taste a couple of beans along with the broth. It should be opaque and slightly creamy; adjust the seasoning with more salt if needed.
Brush both sides of each piece of bread with olive oil, and place on a foil-lined sheet pan. Run the pan under the broiler for 2 minutes, so the bread is crisp at the edges and nicely toasted, then flip bread and repeat. While the bread is still hot, rub a garlic clove along one side of each piece, as if you were grating the garlic on the bread, pushing just firmly enough for the clove to fray and dissolve slightly into the bread.
To assemble, place a piece of bread at the bottom of four wide, shallow bowls and ladle hot beans and broth on top. Wait a few seconds for the bread to absorb some broth, then ladle a little extra on each one, so it’s swimming.
Garnish the bowls generously: Drizzle olive oil all over the beans, sprinkle with herbs and flaky sea salt, cover with finely grated Parmesan and grind a little black pepper on top.
Trans Fat: 0 grams
Fat: 21 grams
Saturated Fat: 7 grams
Unsaturated Fat: 12 grams
Sodium: 1230 milligrams
Sugar: 9 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Carbohydrate: 80 grams
Protein: 26 grams