Beans & Legumes

One of the more widely used foods, here you'll find a world of bean and legume recipes! Add favorites like green beans, chickpeas, lentils, kidney or black beans to your soups, pasta and rice dishes, salads, or process them down for a healthy spread. Fresh, canned, or dried, you're sure to find top-notch recipes you'll be eager to prepare and share.

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15 Fava Bean Recipes You Need to Try This Spring

It's time to get better acquainted with favas! An ancient member of the pea family, they have a nutty taste and buttery texture all their own. Click through for our favorite recipes featuring favas.

15-Minute Lentil Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 291
Need lentil soup for one? We're here for you with this super fast recipe for a  "can"-do dinner. It starts with canned lentils and vegetable or chicken broth, that's why it's so fast. You'll add garlic, onion, carrot, and celery just like you would in a big-batch lentil soup. For a  healthy, delicious, and easy meal, you can't beat this recipe. Serve with plenty of crusty bread.

Split Pea Soup with Ham

Rating: 3.5 stars 671
Hearty and comforting, this is a soup you'll enjoy all through fall and winter. Our split pea soup is made with a ham bone for flavor, and leftover ham is added to the soup for serving. Use your blender or immersion blender to purée the soup so it's smooth and delicious—and don't skip the homemade croutons, they're a delightful crunchy accent.

Vegetable-Bean Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 101
Our vegetarian bean soup is made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, including carrots, onions, celery, and garlic, canned beans, and canned tomatoes. The hearty dish makes a great dinner and requires just 25 minutes of prep; then, the soup simmers on the stovetop until the vegetables are tender. If you omit the parmesan for serving, this soup is also vegan.

Classic Minestrone

Rating: 3.5 stars 272
This beloved Italian soup isn't just hearty and healthy -- it's really flexible. Minestrone typically includes lots of leafy greens, other veggies, and beans. Which to choose? You're only limited by the contents of your refrigerator and pantry.

Smoky Black-Bean Soup with Sausage

Cozy and filling, this weeknight friendly soup stars Andouille sausages and fire-roasted tomatoes. They give canned black beans a complex, smoky flavor in just 40 minutes.

Customizable Vegetable Soup

Use our choose-your-own-adventure formula to make a big batch of soup starring any vegetables you please. Use vegetable broth or water to make it vegetarian, and omit the Parmesan to make it vegan. Check out our step-by-step guide.

Quick Turkey Tetrazzini

Rating: 3 stars 159
A breadcrumb topping goes perfectly with this creamy and quick turkey tetrazzini casserole, which combines turkey, noodles, peas, and mushrooms.

Tortilla Soup with Black Beans

Rating: 3.5 stars 590
Beans, a good-quality pantry staple, make this meal healthy, delicious, and affordable.

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

With lentils and cremini mushrooms as well as the traditional carrots and peas, this vegetarian take on the traditional British potato-topped Shepherd's pie is satisfying and delicious. We use French green lentils because they hold their shape in cooking.

Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl

Versatility is the name of the game in this deconstructed Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl: the simple cilantro-lime marinade works just as well for fish and shrimp as it does for chicken, and the rice and beans can be switched out for your favorite grains and legumes.

Navy Bean Pie

A custardy navy bean puree is generously spiced with cinnamon for the filling of this fall-friendly pie. Martha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes.

Inspiration and Ideas

30 Ways to Turn Beans, Chickpeas, and Lentils Into Dinner
Legumes are great meat substitutes: They're packed with protein, sustainable, affordable, easy to cook, and delicious. Can you tell that we love them?
Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot Chili
Rating: 3.5 stars 1918

This easy Crock-Pot chili recipe is courtesy of comedian Jimmy Fallon.