Cannellini Bean Salad with Bacon and Onion

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Ingredients:

  • Dried Cannellini Beans – 1 1/2 cups
  • Bacon Rashers – 2
  • Onion – 1, quartered
  • Garlic Cloves – 3, peeled
  • Thyme – 2 sprigs
  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt
  • Lemon Juice – 1 1/2 tblsp
  • Parsley – 3 tblsp, chopped

Method:

  1. Place the dried beans in a bowl and cover with plenty of cold water.
  2. Soak for about 12 hours.
  3. Drain and transfer to a pan.
  4. Trim rind from the bacon and add it to the pan.
  5. Add half the onion, 2 garlic cloves and thyme.
  6. Cover generously with cold water and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 40 minutes or until the beans are tender.
  8. Dice the bacon and remaining onion.
  9. Sauté in 1 tblsp oil, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft and lightly coloured and the bacon slightly crisp.
  10. Drain the cooked beans and transfer to a bowl.
  11. Add the bacon and onion.
  12. Add 1/4 cup olive oil, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Keep aside to cool.
  14. When cool, add a little extra oil if required.
  15. Add the lemon juice and parsley.
  16. Stir well and serve.

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