How to Prepare Fresh Shell Beans for Recipes


Fresh Shell Beans

This is how to prepare fresh shell beans, like flageolet or cannellini, for salads, or to add to pasta, or with sauteed vegetables, or even to make a bean spread, like humus.


  • fresh shell beans
  • onion
  • bay leaves
  • thyme
  • parsley


  • Shell beans from pods, rinse lightly
  • In a saucepan, add enough lightly-salted water to barely cover the beans, or use low-sodium chicken broth; bring to simmer
  • Add some onion, bay leaves, thyme, and parsley
  • Simmer beans until tender (about 20-30)
  • Beans are then ready for salad, pasta or added to sauteed vegetables. Or puree with olive oil for a spread.

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