Smothered Beans with Leeks and Collard Greens

  • 1 cup dried Great Northern beans
  • 1/4 cup dried pinto beans
  • quart water
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leeks (about 2 large)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
  • garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound collard greens, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped   (or cooked and peeled plum tomatoes)

Sort and wash beans; place in a large saucepan. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain beans. Add 1 quart water and return beans to pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Cool. Drain beans in a colander over a bowl, reserving cooking liquid; set beans aside. Add enough water to cooking liquid to equal 3 cups; set aside.

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add leeks, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until leeks are tender. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer leek mixture to a large bowl; add greens. Toss well to combine.

Place half of greens mixture in bottom of Dutch oven; top with beans. Spread remaining greens mixture over beans. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Pour reserved liquid over greens. Cover and simmer over medium heat 1 hour or until beans are tender, stirring once. Uncover and stir in tomatoes; simmer 10 minutes.

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