Italian-inspired brothy beans

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Why I love this: A good bowl of brothy beans is simple to put together, but oh-so-comforting! The ingredients here are inspired by Italian cooking, like anchovies, garlic, and lemon. For an extra flavor boost, simmer some herbs (thyme, rosemary, basil, or more parsley!) and spices (black peppercorns, coriander seeds, or fennel seeds) for 10-15 minutes before adding the beans. Discard any wilted herbs or whole spices before serving. 

–Karishma Pradhan, founder, Home Cooking Collective

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  • Olive oil
  • Anchovies
  • Garlic, minced
  • Red chili flakes (optional; Calabrian chili paste would be great here too)
  • Cooked Cranberry beans (and broth)
  • Lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parsley



Heat olive oil in a saucepot. Sauté anchovies and garlic until the anchovies melt into the oil and the garlic is aromatic. Stir in red chili flakes if using. Add beans and broth, and simmer for a few minutes until the flavors nicely meld. Squeeze a bit of lemon, season with salt and pepper, and garnish with fresh parsley.

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