1 (16 ounce) bag of dried navy or great northern beans
6 cups of water
1 Tablespoon olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
2 teaspoons salt
4-6 fresh sage leaves
Pepper to taste
Stir occasionally and check water level. Remove the sage leaves when they have imparted enough flavor (at one hour or to the end.) You may need to add water if the beans get to dry. In their final form they should form a gravy and not be too soupy or too gloppy. Drizzle olive oil lightly over beans just before serving. And, always remember to add beans to your grocery list.