Cannellini Bean Recipes

Looking for cannellini beans recipes? Find here warm soups, salads, pasta with cannellini, dips and more ideas featuring these white beans.

Staff Picks

Cannellini-Bean and Greens Stew

Half of the beans are mashed while the rest are left whole, giving this hearty one-pot stew a wonderfully chunky texture. Toasted ciabatta flavored with sage and garlic makes the perfect accompaniment.

Vegetable-Bean Soup

Rating: 3.38 stars 101
This time of year is filled with fancy fare, so we all need a change of pace during the week. This simple soup is tasty, and extremely gratifying.

Classic Minestrone

Rating: 3.54 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.

Cannellini Bean Soup

Rating: 3.31 stars 298
A dietary staple in Italian cuisine, cannellini beans bring tremendous flavor to this soup. Make it a day ahead of time -- it will taste even better when you're ready to eat it.From the book "Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

Vegetarian White Chili

A Parmesan rind is the secret ingredient in this hearty white-bean chili—it adds tremendous richness and depth of flavor. If you don't have one, substitute the water in the recipe for homemade or store-bought low-sodium vegetable broth.

Kale, White Bean, and Farro Soup

Cannellini beans provide protein and fiber in this fragrant, steaming broth with Kale, White Bean, and Farro Soup. It's loaded with vegetables, grains, and herbs.

Kale and White Bean Soup

Rating: 3.61 stars 531
Mash the beans, and use them to thicken the broth; leave some whole for added texture.

Sausage and Bean Casserole

Rating: 3.48 stars 92
This is not your basic pork and beans but a quick version of a classic French dish.

White Beans with Salt Pork

Rating: 3.83 stars 6
This white beans recipe is from Fabio Trabocchi's cookbook, "Cucina of Le Marche," and goes wonderfully with his Grilled Pork Chops.

White Turkey Chili

Rating: 3.73 stars 78
It takes only 30 minutes to make a steaming bowl of this satisfying and comforting chili. Cannellini beans and ground white turkey meat are two healthy sources of protein.

Chicken-Sausage and Bean Casserole with Sage

Rating: 3.64 stars 61
In this recipe from reader Robert Estep of East Haddam, Connecticut, sage-infused olive oil complements the beans and sausage, and the fried leaves make the crunchy breadcrumb topping even crunchier.

Inspiration and Ideas

Creamy Broccoli-White Bean Soup
Adding pre-steamed broccoli florets to soup with olive oil, pine nuts, and garlic cloves makes a complete hearty meal.
Cavolo Nero and Cannellini Bean Soup
Asolid Tuscan-style soupincludes an Italian variety of kale, cavolo nero, that has crinkly leavesand a near-spicy bite (look for the greenat farmers' markets or gourmet groceries);the dish gets significant protein fromcannellini beans.
Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes

Roasting sweet potatoes directly on the oven rack allows their skins to become extra-crisp. For a variation, try pale-fleshed Japanese sweet potatoes, which have a richer flavor and are in season in November.