Sun-dried tomato and basil cannellini beans is a savory Vegan dish perfect for spring and summer get togethers. Or pair it with a veggie burger or salad. It’s versatile, full of flavor, and absolutely “eat out of the dish” good.
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Do you know the difference between Cannellini beans and Great Northern Beans? Or White Beans?
Cannellini beans can also be called white kidney beans or Italian kidney beans. They have a traditional kidney bean shape and are perfect for that chili. They have a nuttier, earthy flavor. The thicker outside texture also keeps the inside smoother. These are what are typically used in Italian dishes.
Great Northern beans are medium-sized and firmer than cannellini. These are also used in most recipes that list white beans as an ingredient. Great Northern beans have a grainier texture but a delicate flavor. Their flesh is less creamy, and they take on the flavor of whatever they’re cooked with (the same as tofu). So now you know a bit about “white” beans!
Sun-dried tomato and basil cannellini beans is full of healthy cannellini beans, fresh basil, and savory sun-dried tomatoes. It has 9 ingredients, is ready in under 30 minutes, and is naturally Vegan and gluten free. What’s not to love?
Sun-dried and Basil Cannellini Beans
- 1 15 oz can cannellini beans
- 2 tbsp of julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes in oil (you can chop them up a bit if you prefer smaller pieces)
- 1 tbsp of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 small yellow onion, or about 1/3 of a large one.
- 1 handful of fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- A few cracks of fresh ground pepper
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional but recommended)
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and add the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until they have softened.
- Add the sun-dried tomatoes and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Next, add the garlic and let that cook for another minute before adding the beans, salt, a few cracks of fresh pepper, optional red pepper flakes, and basil. Stir to combine and heat through for another minute or two.
- Remove from heat and enjoy!
- This dish is great both warm and cold, depending on what you’re in the mood for. You can totally make this in advance if you’re bringing it to a cookout or picnic, and serve it chilled! Just make sure to double or triple the recipe.
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