You'll find gigante beans in Mediterranean stores or at specialty food markets. If they aren't available, substitute a white bean such as Great Northern or flageolets. Beans are a good source of fiber and protein.
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Traditionally, these beans were cooked in a low-heat oven almost all day. This on-the-stove version cuts the time in half without compromising flavor. Customary additions such as molasses and salt pork give the beans a sweet and smoky flavor.
Hearty soup with butternut and beans will warm kids up on a chilly fall day; leaf-shape toast makes cute "crackers" If you prefer, substitute chicken broth for the beef broth. For even more flavor, sprinkle each bowl with grated Parmesan cheese before serving.