Add 1 cup butter beans into a sieve, rinse under cold water, making sure to remove any debris or broken beans, add the beans into a lage bowl and fill with 4 cups (1 liter) cold water, let them sit overnight or between 8 to 12 hours
Drain the beans back into the sieve, rinse under cold water and set aside
Finely chop 1 onion, 1 carrot (peeled), 1 green bell pepper and roughly chop 4 cloves garlic
Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
After 2 minutes add in the chopped vegetables, mix with the olive oil, after 3 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the butter beans and a generous 1/2 tsp dried thyme, mix together, then add in 5 cups (1200 ml) cold water and 1 bay leaf, turn up the heat to a high heat and bring to a boil, then place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat
Once the beans are fully cooked through and have a creamy interior, about 1 1/2 hours (check package instructions on your beans), season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together, then remove from the heat
Transfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!
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