1 lb dried beans, soaked overnight in salty water
2 onions, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ C tomato paste
6 sprigs of thyme, rosemary and/or oregano
1 beer (nothing too fancy but any flavor that you like)
Water to cover by 2 inches


  1. Heat oven to 325F
  2. In a large ovenproof dish, heat a big glug of oil till shimmering
  3. Briefly fry the herbs in the oil (adding any spices or chili peppers that you’re using)
  4. Add the onions and garlic (and any other vegetables you’d like to include) to cool down the oil
  5. Add a pinch of salt and allow the onions to soften
  6. Add the tomato paste and beer and stir to mix and let the beer reduce by half
  7. Add the beans and let cook in the mixture for 5 min or so
  8. Add the water, bring to a boil, cover with a tight fitting lid and then transfer to the oven
  9. Bake until beans are tender (anywhere from 1 hour to 2 ½)
  10. Remove the beans from the oven and allow to cool in the cooking liquid