Simple Black Beans

Recipe by PaulaG
READY IN: 1hr 10mins
YIELD: 6 cups




  • In a large pot, saute onion in oil over medium-high heat until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and thyme; cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
  • Add the drained beans, bay leaves and enough water to cover beans; bring to a boil over high heat, reduce temperature to simmer, cover and cook for 40 to 50 minutes or until beans are tender but not mushy.
  • Check often and add from 1 to 2 cups additional water if beans start to cook dry.
  • Drain beans, remove the bay leaves and fresh thyme springs, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Please note: Do not salt before the beans are cooked. If they are salted before they will not soften.
  • When cool, divide into 1 cup servings and freeze in rigid container or vacuum pack in small bags.