• 2 15-ounce cans great Northern or cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup canned chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh marjoram or 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Olive oil (optional)
  • Fresh marjoram leaves and rosemary (optional)
  • Home-Baked Pita Chips (see recipe, below; optional)

Directions:

1. In a 1-1/2-quart slow cooker combine great Northern beans, broth, the 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, the 1 teaspoon snipped marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon snipped rosemary, and the pepper.

2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.

3. Slightly mash bean mixture using a potato masher. Spoon bean mixture into a serving bowl. Drizzle with additional olive oil and sprinkle with additional fresh marjoram and rosemary; serve either warm or at room temperature with Home-Baked Pita Chips (recipe below), if desired.

4. Home-Baked Pita Chips: Split 2 pita bread rounds horizontally in half; cut each circle into 6 wedges. Place pita wedges in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons snipped fresh oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt; brush pita wedges with oil mixture. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until crisp and lightly brown. Remove from baking sheet; cool on a wire rack. Makes 24 chips.

5. Makes: 20 (2-tablespoon) servings

6. Note: To make ahead, cook and mash beans as directed. Transfer bean mixture to a covered container. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Bring bean mixture to room temperature before serving.

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