5 easy cannelini bean recipes

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Are you looking for an easy way to use up some leftover cannellini beans? Or maybe you are trying to find a way to incorporate more protein or fiber into your diet. Well either way – we’ve got you covered! In this article we go over all of our favorite cannellini bean recipes. For each of these recipes, we provide additional information such as the level of effort and the flavor profile to help you decide which of these cannellini bean recipes is right for you.

From our cheesy Mexican-inspired white beans to our vegan-friendly white bean chili, there is something on this list for everyone!

How to choose the best cannellini bean recipe for you

So how can you choose which of these easy cannellini bean recipes is right for you? For each of the recipes in this article we provide a few data points that will help you decide white recipe works best for you. Here is the information we provide for each of the cannellini bean recipes.

  • Course. The first piece of information we provide for each of these cannellini bean recipes is the course that the recipe was intended to be served for. This information will be helpful if you are specifically looking for a main course recipe or a side dish recipe that is made with cannellini beans.
  • Dietary restrictions. The next piece of information we provide for each of the cannellini bean recipes relates to allergens and dietary restrictions. For each recipe, we provide details on whether the recipe contains common allergens such as eggs, nuts, dairy, and gluten. We also discuss whether the recipe is appropriate for people on vegan and vegetarian diets.
  • Flavors. We also provide information on the main flavors in each dish. This includes information on the general flavor profile of the dish (ie. sweet, spicy, tangy) as well as the cuisines that influence the dish.
  • Level of effort. Finally, we provide information on the level of effort required to make each recipe. For each of these recipes, we rate the level of effort compared to the average cannellini bean recipe.

Mains made with cannellini beans

Mediterranean white bean feta bowls

These white bean feta bowls are perfect for anyone who is looking for a vegetarian grain bowl that has a good mix of veggies and protein. These tasty bows are made with spiced cannellini beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and a creamy harissa sauce made with sour cream, feta cheese, and harissa seasoning.

A white bean feta bowl with rice, white beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, creamy harissa dip, and feta.

Course. Main
Dietary restrictions. Gluten free, vegetarian, egg free, nut free
Flavors. Sweet, creamy, Mediterranean-inspired
Level of effort. Medium high

Vegan white bean chili

This vegan-friendly white bean chili is loaded with Mexican-inspired vegetables and spices. Tomatillos, poblano peppers, corn, and pickled jalapeños are just a few examples of ingredients that are used in this flavorful chili recipe. This recipe is perfect for anyone who is looking for a healthy vegan-friendly main course that is made with an assortment of white beans. Both cannellini beans and navy beans are used in this tasty recipe.

A bowl ov vegan white bean chili. The white chili has beans, peppers, and corn in it. There is cheese, avocado, and green onions on the top of the chili.

Course. Main course, side
Dietary restrictions. Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, egg free, nut free, dairy free
Flavors. Creamy, tangy, spicy
Level of effort. Medium

Sides made with cannellini beans

Mexican white beans

These Mexican-inspired white beans share a lot of common flavors with our vegan-friendly white bean chili. Both dishes feature onion, garlic, tomatillos, oregano, and cumin. The main difference is that these creamy white beans are made with melted cheese and heavy cream. This recipe is perfect for anyone who is looking for a cheesy side dish with a tangy twist.

Mexican white beans in a gray bowl with tomatoes and jalapenos in the background.

Course. Side dish
Dietary restrictions. Gluten free, vegetarian, egg free, nut free
Flavors. Creamy, cheesy, spicy
Level of effort. Medium low

Dips made with cannellini beans

Mediterranean white bean dip with harissa

This tangy white bean dip with harissa is made with just six vegan-friendly ingredients. This flavorful dip is perfect for anyone on a vegan or vegetarian diet who is looking for a tasty dip with a little extra protein in it. None of the ingredients in this vegan white bean dip require any cooking or special preparation, so all you have to do to make this easy dip is combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a blender and blend until smooth.

Vegan white bean dip in a clear glass bowl. There is olive oil and additional harissa seasoning sprinkled on top of the white bean dip.

Course. Appetizer, snack
Dietary restrictions. Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, egg free, dairy free, nut free
Flavors. Tangy, Mediterranean-inspired
Level of effort. Low

Vegetarian buffalo dip

This white bean buffalo dip is another recipe that is packed with bold flavors. This white bean dip is made with just 5 common household ingredients. It is perfect for vegetarians who are looking for new ways to incorporate some spicy buffalo flavor into their cooking repertoire.

Vegetarian white bean buffalo dip in food processor before being mixed

Course. Appetizer, snack
Dietary restrictions. Gluten free, vegetarian, egg free, nut free
Flavors. Spicy, tangy
Level of effort. Low


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