White beans — unlike black or pinto beans, are a much smaller and flatter bean used commonly in stews or salads. Aside from being delicious, white beans are also nutrient dense with a complex compound of protein, fiber, potassium and carbohydrates. When there are good deals, we love purchasing canned or dried white beans in bulk as they are technically non-perishable when stored correctly. Before cooking your dried beans, we always recommend washing them first to remove any excess sodium. In addition, be sure to soak dried beans overnight — this allows for the beans to expand and retain flavour better.
Now that you’re all prepped, are you ready to make the best white bean recipes of your life? We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites — from hearty broths to vibrant stovetop dishes. If there’s anything we can guarantee, is that you’ll be coming back not only for seconds, but thirds.
Brothy, Herbaceous White Beans
Warm, cozy and comforting — this herbaceous white bean broth is the ideal dish for a night in. A mix of tarragon, thyme, parsley and garlic bring this dish together perfectly. Enjoy with a side of toasted ciabatta bread and a glass of your favourite white wine.
Tomatoey Stewed White Beans on Toast
If you’re looking for a white bean recipe that isn’t based on a broth, try this hearty toast! Perfect for breakfast and lunch, this savoury white bean spread is our favourite substitute for the typical avocado or cottage cheese toast.
Cheesy Baked White Bean and Kale Skillet
Have you ever paired white beans with cheese before? If not, you need to start ASAP. This tasty medley of kale, tomatoes and mozzerella effortlessly compliment the subtle flavour of white bean. Serve this skillet for an easy family dinner, or enjoy alone for some solo indulgence.
If you’re not keen on making white bean the main character of your next dinner party, opt for this grain salad instead. A fresh and flavourful summery salad with tons of sweet additions and a touch of white bean to seal the deal.
White Bean and Winter Greens Chili
If you love chili any time of the year, you’ll be head over heels for this white bean and winter greens chili. Warm and absolutely delicious, this mildly spicy dish will compliment any dinner spread with ease.
Warm Butter Beans With Lemon Zest, Ricotta and Parsley Pesto
Ricotta and pesto are always a must for dinner — add a bit of white beans and you get the perfect combination. This zesty and fresh butter bean dish is so flavourful you’ll want to serve this at every meal. Pair with a side of grilled chicken or roasted eggplant to complete this scrumptious serving.
Tuna and White Bean Salad with Pickled Onions and Jammy Eggs
Take your salad to the next level with this protein-packed rendition. By adding white beans, this dish can be served as a meal on its own. The flavours of onion, egg and mustard shine through as an ideal compliment to the white bean and tuna.