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

Vegetable-Bean Soup

Rating: 3.38 stars
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.

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.

Classic Minestrone

Rating: 3.54 stars
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.

Chicken-Sausage and Bean Casserole with Sage

Rating: 3.64 stars
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.

Cannellini Bean Soup

Rating: 3.31 stars
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).

Sausage and Bean Casserole

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

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.

Speedy "Baked" Beans

Rating: 3.04 stars
Serve these with Tangy Coleslaw alongside our Baked Corn Dogs.

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.

White Beans with Salt Pork

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

Slow-Cooker Greek Stuffed Peppers

Rating: 3.64 stars
These vegetarian wonders are fast to prep and come out tender and tasty.

Beans and Greens

Rating: 3.83 stars
Tired of your kids not eating greens? Try mixing escarole with tender cannellini beans for an enticing side dish. You can substitute kale for the escarole.

Inspiration and Ideas

Spaghetti and Eggplant "Meatballs"
Spaghetti and meatballs has multigenerational appeal, even when it goes vegetarian. A blend of eggplant and white beans provides the protein. Cheese, garlic, and oregano are the familiar-flavor agents; breadcrumbs and egg bind them together. A quick trip under the broiler browns the tops and sides, then plunk!—into the gravy they go.
Greek Layer Dip
Serve this zesty Mediterranean spin on traditional seven-layer dip with pita chips for a delightful party starter.

Kale and White Bean Soup

Rating: 3.61 stars

Mash the beans, and use them to thicken the broth; leave some whole for added texture.