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European Soldier Beans with Gorgonzola and Fresh Sage
European Soldier Beans with Gorgonzola and Fresh Sage

Ingredients:
9 ounces dried European soldier beans
6 ounces mild Gorgonzola cheese
1/2 cup minced fresh sage (you may substitute fresh rosemary, but not dried sage)
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:
1. Cook beans according to the basic instructions.
2. When the beans are done, drain them and put them in a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well so that the cheese melts in and the sage is well dispersed. Season well with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Here's a recipe that never fails to astonish. When we tell people how easy it is to make at home, they raise a skeptical eyebrow. Follow this recipe and prove it to yourself. If you cook the beans in advance, this is a 10-minute miracle. Substitute cannellini, or other medium-size white beans, if you can't find the European soldiers. Serves 4 as a first course