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How to Cook Beans in the Rancho Gordo Manner

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There is not one single method of cooking beans. At its most basic, you want to simmer the pot until the beans are soft. Soaking can speed up the process and vegetables or stock will make them more flavorful. It's really that simple. There's all kinds of fine tuning and variables, but basically, this is it. Normally on a bean cooking day (which frankly is everyday at Rancho Gordo), I put the beans to soak in the morning, after rinsing in lots of cool water and checking for small debris. I cover the beans by about an inch or so...

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Creamy Lima Bean, Tomato, and Feta Soup

Creamy Lima Bean, Tomato, and Feta Soup

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This soup was born of leftovers in a refrigerator. Beans, tomatoes, Valbreso French Sheep milk "feta", and an immersion blender. Our beans were well-seasoned and the salt content of feta can vary wildly.If you don't have Valbreso, try traditional feta, but it will be different and likely saltier. We like...

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Tunde Wey's Gbegiri (Nigerian Bean Soup)

Tunde Wey's Gbegiri (Nigerian Bean Soup)

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Tunde Wey is a Nigerian artist, cook, and writer. He shared this soup recipe with us with the note: "It's not a traditional slurping soup in the American tradition but you can make it whatever you want!" This dish is traditionally made with Ewa Oloyin (Honey Beans) (pictured above) but field...

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Gallina Pinta

Gallina Pinta

Medium Beans Posole/Hominy Pozole and Hominy Stews Soups Soups & Stews

A brothy hominy and bean stew, popular in the state of Sonora, in Northern Mexico. The name translates to "painted hen," most likely referring to the colorful ingredients. Pinto beans are often overlooked for soups and stews, but their creamy texture and rich broth really shine in this dish. This recipe...

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Fagioli Alla Porchetta

Fagioli Alla Porchetta

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A collaboration between Burlap & Barrel and Fatted Calf resulted in our favorite new spice blend, based on the flavors in Italian classic porchetta. This recipe is from Toponia Miller of Fatted Calf. She says: "This simple but flavorful variation on the classic Tuscan dish, Fagioli all’Uccelletto, is a favorite year...

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Sopa de Garbanzo

Sopa de Garbanzo

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Steve was going through his collection of Mexican cookbooks and came across a tattered copy of Recetario de Cocina Mexicana by Maria Luisa Soto and Murguiondo de Cossio (Vargas Rea Mexico, 1968). Monica in our marketing department translated and adapted this recipe that dates back to the late 1800s. Although...

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French Lentil Soup with Leeks and Lemon

French Lentil Soup with Leeks and Lemon

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When the days are still chilly and citrus season is in full swing, this bright yet earthy lentil stew will be a welcome addition to your table. A hunk of crusty bread is the perfect accompaniment. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving 1 white or yellow onion, chopped...

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Creamy White Bean Soup with Cauliflower & Greens

Creamy White Bean Soup with Cauliflower & Greens

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White beans and cauliflower make a great pair, especially in a creamy soup like this one, from Jill Fergus of Feed the Swimmers (@feedtheswimmers). She calls it: "Vegetarian comfort food at its finest." We couldn't agree more! 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets, stem chopped About 2 cups cooked cannellini...

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America's Test Kitchen Creamy Chickpea, Broccoli Rabe, and Garlic Soup

America's Test Kitchen Creamy Chickpea, Broccoli Rabe, and Garlic Soup

Photo and recipe from The Complete Beans & Grains Cookbook: A Comprehensive Guide with 450+ Recipes by America's Test Kitchen (Published February 2024 by America's Test Kitchen). This book is sure to be a valuable resource for The People of the Bean! From America's Test Kitchen: "...the standout flavor comes from...

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King Trumpet Mushroom and Christmas Lima Bean Soup

King Trumpet Mushroom and Christmas Lima Bean Soup

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Christmas Limas have a wonderful chestnut texture and an almost beefy flavor and bean broth. We think they are the perfect match for all types of mushrooms, but these King Trumpet mushrooms really knocked us out. This large variety of oyster mushroom (Pleurotus eryngii), sometimes known as King Brown or French Horn,...

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ST VALENTINE'S BEAN AND BEETROOT SOUP

ST VALENTINE'S BEAN AND BEETROOT SOUP

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The texture of this soup is velvety and the flavor is rich. There are no tomatoes. The color and flavor come from cooked beets and vegetables. Any Rancho Gordo white bean you have cooked is suitable.  1 large beet, peeled and quartered 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped 2 small carrots,...

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New Orleans Red Bean Soup with Sausage and Collard Greens

New Orleans Red Bean Soup with Sausage and Collard Greens

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Red Beans and Rice is an iconic New Orleans dish. This soup captures many of the same flavors, but has the addition of Black Eyed Peas and collard greens. Serve with freshly baked cornbread, if you can. 2 tablespoons olive oil 12 ounces Andouille or spicy sausage, thinly sliced 1 large onion, diced...

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HEARTY SAUSAGE STEW WITH BEANS, SWISS CHARD & CINNAMON

HEARTY SAUSAGE STEW WITH BEANS, SWISS CHARD & CINNAMON

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A favorite recipe of ours from British chef-turned-farmer Julius Roberts. Reprinted with permission from his new book, The Farm Table. From Roberts: "This is a dish I often find myself yearning for on a long, dark evening. It sits somewhere between a soup and a stew. As the beans cook they relax...

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