Cannellini Bean Recipes

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

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Greek Layer Dip

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Garlicky Beans

Instead of broiling the garlic, you can also char cloves one at a time over the flame of a gas stove, holding and turning with tongs, until blackened and blistering, about 30 seconds to 1 minute each. The beans make a delectable side for Shrimp and Clams a la Plancha.

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.

Speedy "Baked" Beans

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

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.

Herbed Spaghetti with Tomatoes and White Beans

Parsley and lightly cooked tomatoes add brightness to this classic Italian pairing of pasta and white beans.

Inspiration and Ideas

Vegan Main Dish Recipes

This collection of satisfying vegan main dishes includes stir-fries, curries, stews, chili, salads, burgers, and even pizza. These recipes eliminate meat, eggs, dairy, and all other animal products while embracing the goodness of fresh vegetables, whole grains, tofu, beans, nuts, and spices.

Grilled Vegetables and White-Bean Fattoush

Grilled peppers and red onion are combined with briny feta and herb-coated cannellini beans in this take on a Lebanese fattoush salad. Pita chips and a generous drizzle of red-wine vinaigrette bring crunch and brightness.

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.