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
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.

Greek Layer Dip

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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. 

White-Bean Salad with Zucchini and Parmesan

Rating: 3.5 stars 139
White beans add protein while chopped zucchini adds crunch to this delicious vegetarian salad from Allison Jeffries of Bethesda, Maryland.

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

Herbed Bean Salad
The flavors in this simple salad get better as the beans marinate and soak up the dressing.
Whole-Wheat Tagliatelle with Creamy White-Bean and Kale Sauce
For a healthy, craveable dinner, try this creamy but dairy-free kale "pesto" that's made with cannellini beans, and go with whole-grain noodles to get the most nutrients from your pasta. Top with sliced almonds for a plant-based protein boost.
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.