Fiasco-style Beans (Fagioli al Fiasco)


(Adapted from Heidi Swanson’s recipe on

Serves 8

1 pound dried cranberry or cannellini beans, soaked overnight

6 cups water

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

5 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

7 medium sage leaves

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Scant 1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

1. Set the oven temperature to 225° and put the rack in the bottom third.

2. Drain the beans and put them in a large ovenproof pot. Add all of the other ingredients except the salt. Bring the pot to a boil.

3. Put the lid on the pot, leaving it slightly off to leave a small crack. Put the pot in the oven to bake for 2 hours.

4. Check the beans after a few minutes to make sure they are gently simmering. Adjust the temperature to 250° if necessary.

5. After 90 minutes in the oven, add the salt and stir. You can add a bit more water if they are getting too dry. Bake them for 30 more minutes.

6. Serve hot or at room temperature.