Beans are one of the unsung heroes of the pantry. Cheap, filling, and endlessly versatile, they can make vegetables into a filling meal and thicken soups. From the humble black bean to the flashy fava, they work in every cuisine with any flavor profile. Think of them as the chicken of the pantry -- a blank canvas for anything from Middle Eastern spice to sweet syrupy barbecue sauce. Over at Provisions, we collected our favorite tools to cook them just right.
Once you've mastered the basic technique, you can make warming, hearty meals all winter. Here are some of our favorite recipes for legumes of all shapes and sizes.