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Pressure Cooker Bean Cooking Times at a Glance

Beans (1 Cup Dry) Approximate Minutes Under High Pressure
Bean Soaked 4-8 hours Unsoaked Yield in Cups
Aduki 5—9 4—20 2
Anasazi 4—7 20—22 2 1/4
Black (turtle) 9—11 20—25 2
Black-eyed (cow) peas 9—11 2 1/4
Cannellini 9—12 22—25 2
Chick-peas (garbanzos) 10—12 30—40 2 1/2
Christmas lima 8—10 16—18 1 1/4
Cranberry 9—12 30—35 2 1/4
Fava* 12—18 22—28 2
Flageolets 10—14 17—22 2
Great Northern 8—12 25—30 2 1/4
Lentils 7—10 2
Lima (large) 4-7 12—16 2
Lima (baby) 5—7 12—15 2 1/2
Peas (split, green) 8—10 2
Peas (whote, green) 16—18 2
Pigeon Peas (grandules) 6—9 20—25 3
Pinto 4—6 22—25 2 1/4
Navy (pea) 6—8 16—25 2
Red Kidney 10—12 20—25 2
Scarlet Runner 12—14 17—20 1 1/4
Soybeans (beige) 9—12 28—35 2 1/4
Soybeans (black) 20—22 35—40 2 1/2

Flageolet Beans with Rosemary and Thyme

Flageolet Beans Basil


  • 12 ounces dried flageolet beans
  •  6 garlic cloves, peeled
  •  2 teaspoons kosher salt
  •  2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  •  2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  •  2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. slices on a diagonal
  •  About 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  •  1/4 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided


Put all ingredients including 2 tbsp. oil but not the sprigs or parsley in a 4- to 6-qt. slow-cooker. Add 5 cups boiling water and stir. Cover and cook until most of liquid is absorbed and beans are very tender, 2 1/4 to 3 hours on high or 4 to 4 1/2 hours on low.

Stir in 3 tbsp. parsley. Transfer to a serving dish and drizzle with more oil. Garnish with rosemary and thyme sprigs and remaining 1 tbsp. parsley.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per main-dish serving. Servings Serves 4 (8 or 9 as a side)

I cooked these on high in the crock pot and almost all the liquid was gone at the end of the time. I just added back a lot of water and stirred well. These came out much creamier than the picture and were delicious!


Amount Per Serving

Calories 365
Calories from Fat 19
Total Fat 7.9g
Saturated Fat 1.2g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sodium 787mg
Total Carbohydrate 56g
Dietary Fiber 14g
Protein 21g

Chili Smith White Bean Pesto


  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups mixed power greens: (kale, spinach, chard)
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves, plus a small sprig for serving
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups Chili Smith White Eye Heirloom beans, cooked
  • 1 – 16 oz. bag Chili Smith Ancient Agro pasta, cooked


Put the pine nuts into a small skillet and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until the nuts are toasted – about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Add the pine nuts, power greens, basil, and garlic to the food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Add the lemon juice and nutritional yeast, and process until well combined.

Add the Chili Smith White Eye Heirloom beans and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Toss with Chili Smith cooked pasta.

Here is how I cooked the pasta in the Instant Pot:

1 lb Chili Smith Ancient Agro pasta
4 – 5 cups water


Put pasta and water in the Instant Pot. Close the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to Sealing position. Press the “Manual” button and set the time to 1 minute. When it finishes cooking, let the Instant Pot naturally release the steam for 5 minutes, then quick release the remaining steam. I placed a kitchen towel over the vent.

What about the gas???!

We love this question and actually have an answer for greatly reducing the “musical toot!”

What causes the gas and flocculants is the sugars that seep from the beans during soaking and cooking. The sugars that are now in the cooking water mix with the enzymes in our lower intestines as our bodies try to break down the sugars and Yippee!  We have successfully made our bodies into little refineries!

Here is what we do to help with this:

  1. Rinse the dry beans several times with cool, clean water.
  2. Soak the beans for several hours until fully expanded.
  1. Stir these beans
  2. Drain the water off
  3. Cover the beans again with cool, clean water, we add salt and onion, bring to boil
  4. Reduce and allow simmering for forty minutes or an hour – until softened.
  5. Turn off the heat and allow beans to rest in the water for ten or fifteen minutes.
  6. Drain the water off and cool the beans with cool, clean water to stop the cooling process.
  7. After thoroughly cool, drain off water and beans are ready to use.

Some thinking is that we are draining off the flavor and nutrients, to say nothing of the amount of fresh water this all requires. This is a good and valid point. We use good quality bases or stock to our soups and chili products, which creates a wonderful flavor without excessive gas.

We are told that continual and regular consumption of beans will allow our bodies to adjust and better handle the sugars – but this is also a different dietary concern – in our slim and trim society. Have you ever noticed how happy and healthy natives to Mexico and other high bean consumption areas are? It’s the beans!

We don’t know about over the counter products claiming to reduce gas – IE, Beano and others. Maybe some of you can help us with other ideas to keep the “musical fruit” under control.

Black-And-White Summer Bean Salad Chili Smith – Adopted from Weight Watchers


  • 1 cup white beans – fully cooked They suggest canned, we think ours are more flavorful and nutritious Use Hutterite, White Eye, Rice Bean, Runner Cannellini.
  • 1 cup black beans Black Valentine, Sunset Runner, maybe Hidatsa Red. Think about color and texture along with flavor. Black Calypso, Good Mother Stallard, CHRISTMAS LIMA, and several other Chili Smith heirloom beans will make this formula tasty and beautiful! We did this one with Hidatsa Red, Rice bean and Black Valentine for an almost Red, White and Blue celebration!
  • 1 large tomato, diced – preferably fresh from your garden, or a good neighbor!
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium celery rib, diced
  • 2 Tbsp white or red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp minced fresh Italian parsley or basil
  • Salt and Pepper – to taste


  1. Cook, drain and chill beans
  2. In a large bowl, combine beans, tomato, onion and celery. Gently stir in vinegar and sprinkle with parsley or basil; season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serves 4 – Yields 1 cup salad per serving

Aloo Mutter with Chili Smith Heirloom Beans

I am a huge Indian food fan. I’ve always loved the complexity of flavors in the food. So I decided to add Chili Smith beans to a favorite recipe to see how it would taste. Delicious is how! I used Yellow Indian, Hutterite and Runner Cannellini at three separate times for this recipe. They all worked great! I have a sneaky suspicion that any bean would work great!



  • 3 medium sized potatoes boiled and chopped into bite-size pieces and cooled
  • 1/2 a package of green peas, thawed (I get mine from Trader Joes)
  • 3 medium-sized tomatoes (You can also use 1 can of chopped tomatoes)
  • 1-2 Medium sized onions, chopped
  • 3 tsp. of garlic paste or cloves minced
  • 2 tsp. of ginger paste (Trader Joes, yet again)
  • 1 chopped chili pepper, seeded and chopped finely (I used a Jalapeno)
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder (excellent for your liver, and a natural anti-inflammatory)
  • 1/2 cayenne pepper (you can use more, if you like the kick like I do!)
  • 3 tsp. Garam Masala (Now here comes the flavor! I found this at the Sac Co Op, or a health food store that carries bulk spices. It’s delicious and addicting!)
  • 1 tsp. Cumin seeds
  • Pinch of salt to taste
  • 2 TBSP Oil
  • 1/2 pound pre-cooked Chili Smith Heirloom beans (Yellow Indian Woman, Hutterite, Runner Cannellini, Green Flageolet, etc.) You choose!


  1. In a sturdy skillet, preferably cast iron, heat oil over medium/high heat and add Cumin seeds
  2. Cook for about 1 or 2, until lightly brown.
  3. Add garlic and ginger paste to mixture cook for 1 minute
  4. Add onions and jalapeno and cook until lightly browned
  5. Add tomatoes and cook for another minute or two
  6. Add spices one by one, Turmeric, Cayenne, Garam Masala, salt
  7. Mix spices really well turn down to medium heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes
  8. Add ½ package of thawed green peas and ½ pound of Chili Smith Heirloom beans
  9. Add about 2 cups of water or veggie broth (Add more if you’d like more sauce)
  10. Simmer again until water heats and bubbles, about 5 minutes
  11. Add potatoes, again cook until sauce thickens
  12. Turn heat off and let stand for at least 30 minutes.

You can serve with rice or Quinoa, or with nothing at all!

*This is one of those dishes that taste the best the next day, or even the day after that when all the spices have had the chance to marinate and get to know each other well. I sincerely hope you enjoy!

Ann’s Delicious Veggie Soup Recipe


  • 3 – 4 garlic cloves (chopped well or I use Garlic cubes from Trader Joes. You can find them in the freezer section. Makes it very easy.)
  • 2 Basil cubes (Trader Joes)
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 whole carrots (Halved and chopped)
  • 4 celery stalks (chopped)
  • Fresh green beans (Can also use frozen)
  • 2 medium whole Zucchini (chopped)
  • 1 medium yellow squash (chopped)
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups cooked Chili Smith Runner Cannellini
  • 2 – 3 Quarts Organic Veggie broth (I use Trader Joes)
  • 1 bottle of your Favorite Pasta sauce ( I use Arrabiata sauce from Trader Joe’s for an extra kick)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Olive oil
  • A handful of Kale (chopped into bite-size pieces)
  • Red wine (At least a cup, if not more..)`


  1. On medium heat, heat Olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add garlic and basil and sauté for about a minute. Add salt.
  3. Add onion and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add carrots and celery, mix and sauté for another minute or two.
  5. Add entire bottle of pasta sauce and red wine, turn heat up to medium-high and let simmer for about 3 minutes to burn off alcohol.
  6. Add veggie broth (start with two quarts. If you want more broth, add more)
  7. Let simmer for about 5 minutes. Return heat to medium.
  8. Add Runner Cannelini beans and peas. Let simmer about 2 minutes.
  9. Add zucchini, squash, and kale. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  10. Turn heat off and let stand for a ½ hour to an hour.
  11. You can eat it alone, or with a nice salad. Also tastes great with a slice of gluten-free bread.

*This is one of those dishes that taste the best the next day, or even the day after that when all the spices have had the chance to marinate and get to know each other well. I sincerely hope you enjoy!

*The longer it sits, the more flavorful it becomes. This soup is best on the 2nd and 3rd day!

Autumn Vegetable Succotash by Chili Smith


  • ½ cup unsalted butter (for a vegan recipe, use Earth Balance)
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into ¼-inch dice
  • 2 zucchini, cut into ¼-inch dice 2 yellow summer squash, cut into ¼- inch dice 1 cup Chili Smith Christmas Lima (pre-cooked) 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, coarsely chopped


In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion, cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, Lima beans, and corn. Season with salt and black pepper; cook, stirring, until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in Sage, and serve.

Healthy Veggie Style by Chili Smith


  • 1 pound of Heirloom Beans cooked weight (About 6-8 oz dried beans)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 –Bottle Dark Ale or Beer
  • 1 – Sweet Onion
  • 1 – Red Onion 2 – Bell Peppers
  • 1 – Green Zucchini
  • 1 – Crook Neck Zucchini
  • 1 – Sweet Potato
  • Garlic
  • Anything else you like… all chopped into bite-sized pieces.


Beans: In a pot

  1. Rinse and soak in clear water for 12 hours or so until rehydrated.
  2. Change water and cover to one inch above beans in clear, cool water and simmer for about an hour until tender.
  3. Add Salt and ½ onions to water prior to cooking.

Base: In a large skillet

  1. Heat Olive Oil.
  2. Sauté Onions and Garlic.
  3. Add other vegetables.
  4. Add moisture of Beer – cover and steam for three to five minutes.
  5. Add Chili Seasoning to taste.
  6. Add beans to the base.
  7. Enjoy!


Best served while fresh and not overcooked.
Drink the rest of the Beer with the meal!

New York Times Heirloom Bean Ragout


  • 1 to 1 ¼ pounds fresh shell beans, such as Sunset Runner or Runner Cannellini runner beans, shelled (about 1 3/4 to 2 cups, shelled)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 plump garlic cloves; 1 crushed, 2 minced
  • Bouquet garni made with a few sprigs parsley and thyme, Parmesan rind and a bay leaf, wrapped in a leek leaf and tied with twine
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, halved and cut in 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes (about 3/4 pound)
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 good-size pattypan squash or other summer squash, quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 inch thick (about 2 cups)
  • Slivered fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • Freshly grated Parmesan for garnish


In a heavy soup pot or Dutch oven, combine the beans, onion, crushed garlic clove, bouquet garni and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil. Add salt to taste, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove and discard onion and garlic clove.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet and add leeks and celery. Cook, stirring, until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes, and stir in minced garlic. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute, and add tomatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until tomatoes have cooked down slightly, about 10 minutes.

Stir leek and tomato mixture into beans, along with summer squash. Bring back to a simmer and cook 15 minutes, until beans are creamy-tender but intact and the vegetables are soft and fragrant. Taste and adjust seasonings. Remove bouquet garni.

Ladle ragout into wide bowls. Top each serving with a generous sprinkling of slivered basil leaves and a spoonful of Parmesan.