Borlotti beans also know as Cranberry beans are very popular in Italian cooking. You can find them in a lot of soups and pastas. They are a great substitute to meat as they have such a high protein content and you don’t have the high fat and cholesterol level as meat. Some studies suggest eating more borlotti beans in combination with a well balanced diet may lower your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
How to Cook Borlotti Beans
- Soak the beans in cold water overnight. This is not a must be it does bring down the cooking time.
- Rinse beans thoroughly the next morning and cover with fresh water in a pot. Fill the water almost to the top of the pot, as the beans will absorb a lot of the water.
- Bring to the boil
- Once the beans have come to the boil skim off any foam that appears on the top of the water with a wooden spoon.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook for between one and one and a half hours. You will know the beans are cooked when they are soft. Cooking time may vary depending on the freshness of the beans and how long you soak them for.
- Salt the beans when they are cooked.
- Drizzle some good quality extra virgin olive oil and mix well.