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Italian Navy Beans

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Okay, no military jokes. This is our version of pork and beans. Buy 2 lb. dried white beans (also called navy beans). Soak overnight in lots of cold water. In the morning, rinse, pick out the ugly ones, and gently boil in fresh water for 45-90 minutes (until beans start to crack). Then rinse again and use below.


Place a Dutch oven on the stove; turn heat to just under medium and fry:

Brown the meat and let the onion cook. When the meat is well browned, add:

Cover and let wine absorb into everything for 10 minutes. Then remove lid and cook another few minutes until the wine has almost evaporated.

When everybody looks happy, add:

Cover (with lid slightly askew) and simmer for 30-45 minutes. When beans are tender, they’re ready. Serve with sliced white onion over top.