White Beans with Rosemary

A pot of beans cooked with a slice of bacon is pretty much a standard for me at least 2x a week. Here is another version:

White Beans with Rosemary

  • 1 slice bacon
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 C dried Great Northern beans
  • water, to cover
  • salt to taste

Put everything but the salt in a big pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for three hours, or until beans are tender. Check every 30 minutes or so and add more water as needed. Salt in the last 30 minutes of cooking*.

*I always wait to salt beans because my grandma said that the skins get tough if you salt them too early. Truth or Arkansas wives tale, I have no idea, but that’s what I do.


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