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: 3.5 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.

Cannellini Bean Soup

Rating: 3.5 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).

Greek Layer Dip

Serve this zesty Mediterranean spin on traditional seven-layer dip with pita chips for a delightful party starter.

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.

Sausage and Bean Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 92
This is not your basic pork and beans but a quick version of a classic French dish.

Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula

Rating: 3 stars 636
You can prep the components of this Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula in advance—toss together just before serving. The spicy arugula, creamy goat cheese, and a touch of Dijon mustard give the dish plenty of flavor.

Kale and White Bean Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 531
Mash the beans, and use them to thicken the broth; leave some whole for added texture.

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.

Chicken-Chile Stew

Rating: 2.5 stars 35
Poblano chiles kick this chicken stew up a notch. Tender pieces of meat and cannellini beans make this a hearty lunch or dinner. 

Beans and Greens

Rating: 4 stars 23
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

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