A super easy way to cook butterbeans for maximum flavor


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Butterbeans are not for everyone. But if you like them or are willing to try some, we have a simple recipe submitted to us by food blogger Sarah Leche. Despite keeping the ingredient list short and simple, it's still flavorful. Of course, it’s also adaptable, so if you want to add bell pepper, celery or other seasonings, by all means.

It’s up to you if you want to add salt to taste before or after. Sarah finds that adding salt before the beans are ready keeps them from getting the soft texture she prefers.



  • 1 pound large butter beans
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 pound andouille sausage or chopped ham (or just a ham hock in the pot)
  • 1 stick butter
  • Salt to taste, or dash of Tony’s



  1. Let the beans soak overnight. Drain. Refill the pot with about 2 inches of water so it covers the beans. Add the onion, bay leaves, parsley and meat. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer. Let simmer 1 to 2 hours or until beans are soft. Drop the heat to low, add the butter and stir frequently until the butter is fully incorporated.
  3. Serve over rice with a dash of Tony's and bottle of hot sauce on the side.


Sarah Leche is a chemistry student, novice baker and sass-slinger extraordinaire. She enjoys cooking, even though she doesn’t have much time for it. When her fiancé developed gluten intolerance, she suddenly found herself in need of adapting her recipes, including her Crock-Pot beef stew.