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Camellia’s Famous New Orleans-Style White Beans

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  • 1 (1-pound) package Camellia Brand Great Northern Beans
  • 8-10 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2 pound ham or seasoning meat, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Total time:
4 hours, 30 minutes
Prep time:
2 hours
Cook time:
2 hours, 30 minutes


  1. Rinse and sort beans. (Optional: Soak beans using your preferred method.)
  2. In large pot, cover beans with water and bring to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat oil and cook onion, garlic, and ham or seasoning meat. Add contents of skillet to beans in pot, and simmer for 2 hours or until beans are tender. Add more water if needed.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with hot cooked rice, and if desired, top with sautéed shrimp.

Ingredients used in this Recipe

garlic seasoning meat onions ham great northern beans shrimp