1pounddried white beanssuch as Great Northern, Cannelini or Navy (about 2 ½ cups)
4clovesgarlicpeeled and crushed
5fresh sage leaves
Kosher salt and pepperto taste
4Tablespoonsextra virgin olive oilhigh quality
Rinse beans then place in large pot and cover with cold water. Set aside to soak for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Place beans, water, garlic, sage, bay leaf and 2 Tbsp. oil in a heavy saucepan. Cover and slowly bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, about 1 hour. Gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until beans are tender but not mushy, about 1-2 hours more.
Remove from heat, set aside, and allow beans to cool in the cooking liquid for 15 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper.
To serve, drain the beans and drizzle with remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil. You can also serve the beans on crostini as an appetizer.