The inspiration for this minestrone was a bag of Rancho Gordo Royal Corona beans that I have had in my pantry for a while. Royal Coronas are large white European runner beans that are similar to Greek gigandes but bigger, richer and sturdier. (Photo: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times)

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Baked Beans with Bacon Breadcrumbs Our test kitchen had an Aha! moment with this dish. Crumbled bacon, mixed in with the breadcrumbs, makes a great topping for these tangy-sweet beans. We think the combo would do the same for mac and cheese.

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#beanmonth is drawing to a close. This week I used some cranberry beans we grew to make pumpkin and beans.

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