Borlotti Beans with Garlic and Olive Oil Stewed fresh shell beans, fragrant with sage and garlic, can launch 100 summer dishes, from pasta and soups to salads and crostini. But first, celebrate this pot of beans as an exalted dish in its own right. Use fresh, frozen, or dried borlotti beans, a.k.a. cranberry beans. Once cooked, let them cool in the pot on the counter, or chill overnight to allow the flavors to meld.