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42 of our favourite ways with cannellini bean

Make the most of these creamy white beans to add flavour and texture to your favourte soups, stews, dips and more.
Barbecued steak with white bean puree and chimichurri

Cannellini beans are a wonderful hearty and healthy addition to all of your favourite dishes. With a wonderful, creamy texture that lends itself to purees and dips as well as a satisfying addition to soups, stews and other dishes.

Love legumes? Why not try our ideas with chickpeas, black bean recipes or lentil recipes?

How To Soak Legumes, Chickpeas, Lentils and Beans

Buying dried pulses in bulk is a great way to save money, but they do require a bit of prep before cooking. Soaking dried legumes and pulses is an essential step for creating delicious dishes featuring chickpeas, lentils, and beans.

And while, ideally, you should be soaking them for a few hours, our Test Kitchen have a nifty trick for speeding up the process if you’ve got a last minute dinner to get going – or you just forgot.

Soaking pulses

First pick over the beans, checking for stones or other foreign objects.

Add approximately three cups of cold water for every cup of beans and leave to soak for a minimum of eight hours and a maximum of 24 hours at room temperature.

Speedy soaking

If you’ve forgotten to soak your beans for a recipe, place them in a saucepan and cover with five cm of water. Slowly bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes; remove from the heat, cover with a lid and leave to stand for one hour.

Once you’ve drained and rinsed your beans, they’re ready to use in your favourite dish.

Try this spiced vegetable, chickpea and ricotta salad, chilli beans with chimichurri or this hearty chickpea and vegetable gratin to make the most of your beautifully soaked pulses.

Too easy!

White bean, corn and avocado salad

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White bean, corn and avocado salad

White bean, corn and avocado salad

A healthy white bean, corn and avocado salad from Australian Women’s Weekly.

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Tuna with olive and tomato butter, white bean mash and cavalo nero

Tuna with olive and tomato butter, white bean mash and cavalo nero

Sausages with White Beans and Parsley Salad

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Sausages with white beans and parsley salad

Sausages with white beans and parsley salad

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Ribollita soup

Ribollita soup

Cook up a big batch to reheat at work for a warming winter lunch option.

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Greek pork skewers with crushed white beans

Greek pork skewers with crushed white beans

Cook up a storm in the kitchen tonight with these glorious Greek pork skewers with crushed white beans! Loaded with bags of flavour and texture – these are sure to be a hit!

white bean salad

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White bean salad

White bean salad

A healthy, fast and easy white bean salad from Australian Women’s Weekly.

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Slow-cooker chorizo, chilli and white bean stew

Slow-cooker chorizo, chilli and white bean stew

The unbeatable combination of salty chorizo and hearty white beans goes beautifully together in this warming slow-cooked stew.

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Baked beans and tomato pots with rosemary sourdough crumble

Baked beans and tomato pots with rosemary sourdough crumble

Wake up and smell this delicious breakfast! Baked beans and tomato pots with rosemary sourdough crumble – full of filling, healthy ingredients to kick start your day. This recipe is suitable for diabetics.

Tomato and white bean puree salad

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Tomato and white bean puree salad

Tomato and white bean puree salad

Bright, colourful, tasty tomatoes with a lush white bean puree. Whip this up for your dinner party guests or as a light lunch. It’s ideal for diabetics.

Barbecued steak with white bean puree and chimichurri

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Barbecued steak with white bean puree and chimichurri

Barbecued steak with white bean puree and chimichurri

Grilled tender steak with a tangy green South American sauce. Perfect for the warmer. And ideal for diabetics, too.

White bean dip

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White bean dip

White bean dip

We used cannellini beans in this recipe but you could use any white bean you like. The lemon juice and zest add a delightfully fresh note to this moreish dip.

italian white bean and chicken stew

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Italian chicken stew

Italian chicken stew

Delight in this warming, hearty Italian inspired hotpot with juicy chicken, delicious vegies and plenty of filling, fibre-filled beans. The fennel adds a nice aniseed flavour, but is not overpowering.

SPAGHETTI WITH CAPSICUM, BEANS AND OLIVES

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Spaghetti with capsicum, beans and olives

Spaghetti with capsicum, beans and olives

mashed white beans and zucchini

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Mashed white beans and zucchini

Mashed white beans and zucchini

This delicious and simple mash can be whipped up in no time at all.

SAGE & PROSCIUTTO VEAL WITH CANNELLINI BEANS

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Sage & prosciutto veal with cannellini beans

Sage & prosciutto veal with cannellini beans

sausage and cannellinibean bake

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Sausage and cannellini bean bake

Sausage and cannellini bean bake

A rich and delicious sausage and cannellini bean bake.

cannellini beans with polenta

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Cannellini beans with polenta

Cannellini beans with polenta

Cannellini beans with sausage

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Cannellini beans with sausage

Cannellini beans with sausage

white minestrone

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White minestrone

White minestrone

An Italian soup with fusilli, cannelini beans and parmesan cheese.

white bean, leek and garlic sausage soup

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White bean, leek and garlic sausage soup

A delicious white bean, leek and garlic sausage soup with pistou that will warm you up and fill you up on a cold winters day. Especially if you’ve got plenty of good bread to dunk in it as you go.

spaghetti with tomato and white bean sauce

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Spaghetti with tomato and white bean sauce

Spaghetti with tomato and white bean sauce

white bean and chickpea soup with risoni

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White bean and chickpea soup with risoni

White bean and chickpea soup with risoni

A rich and hearty white bean and chickpea soup with risoni from Australian Women’s Weekly.

ROSEMARY LAMB SKEWERS WITH WHITE BEAN PUREE

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Rosemary lamb skewers with white bean puree

Rosemary lamb skewers with white bean puree

Cumin-spiced steak with white bean hummus

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Cumin-spiced steak with white bean hummus

Cumin-spiced steak with white bean hummus

This white bean hummus recipe is the perfect accompaniment to a tender piece of cumin-spiced fillet steak.

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White bean and merguez soup with gremolata

White bean and merguez soup with gremolata

Warm your soul with this deliciously comforting white bean and merguez soup with fresh gremolata – an easy, flavoursome dinner for the cooler nights!

WHITE BEAN, GRAPEFRUIT AND HERB SALAD

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White bean, grapefruit and herb salad

White bean, grapefruit and herb salad

pork neck, orange and white bean stew

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Pork neck, orange and white bean stew

Pork neck, orange and white bean stew

ROASTED TOMATO AND WHITE BEAN SOUP

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Roasted tomato and white bean soup

Roasted tomato and white bean soup

Simple to prepare and rich in flavour this roasted tomato and white bean soup is ideal for a hearty weekday dinner or make a big batch for lunches.

white bean soup with polenta croutons

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White bean soup with polenta croutons

White bean soup with polenta croutons

An easy recipe to prepare in advance, this hearty Italian inspired bean soup with crispy polenta is simply mouth-watering and perfect to cosy up with on a cold day.

Beef, white bean and zucchini pizza

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Beef, white bean and zucchini pizza

Beef, white bean and zucchini pizza

With a thin base and thin slices of zucchini, this is a crunchy pizza that combines simple yet stunning flavours for an easy and delicious meal.

LAMB AND WHITE BEAN SOUP

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Hearty lamb and white bean soup

This deliciously hearty lamb and white bean soup is full of iron, protein and all the goodness of fresh vegetables. It’s a meal in itself and perfect for cold winter nights.

fish, white bean and tomato stew

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Fish, white bean and tomato stew

Fish, white bean and tomato stew

spicy white bean    panzanella

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Spicy prawns and white bean panzanella

Spicy prawns and white bean panzanella

A dish favoured for its simplicity that allows the flavours of good-quality ingredients to shine through.

italian white bean and cabbage soup

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Italian white bean and cabbage soup

Italian white bean and cabbage soup

This tasty bean vegetable and soup is beautiful topped with a piece of crisp proscuitto. It’s the perfect soup to warm your body and soul on those cooler winter evenings.

BEEF & WHITE BEAN PITTA POCKETS

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Beef & white bean pita pockets

Beef and white bean pita pockets

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Pumpkin and white bean salad

Pumpkin and white bean salad

This recipe used dried haricot beans; you can use two 400g cans cannellini beans instead. If using canned beans, delete step 1, and add the rinsed, drained canned beans to salad in step 5.

lamb and white bean stew

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Lamb and white bean stew

Lamb and white bean stew

An rich and aromatic stew of lamb, white bean, tomato and thyme.

VEGETABLE AND WHITE BEAN STEW

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Vegetable and white bean stew

Vegetable and white bean stew

This hearty vegie-packed stew is ideal for warming up on cold evenings. And with only three steps it’s incredibly easy aswell. Serve with crusty bread

WHITE BEAN & CHORIZO SOUP

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White bean & chorizo soup

White bean & chorizo soup

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White bean puree

White bean puree

Delicious as a dip, or served as a side alongside chargrilled meat or chicken, this white bean puree is lovely and garlicky. For a bit of colour, top with some thinly sliced green onions just before serving.

Tomato, capsicum and bean soup

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Tomato, capsicum and bean soup

Tomato, capsicum and bean soup

Winter comfort food has never been better with this effortless soup and irresistible garlic bread, filled with capsicum, tomatoes and beans.

Tuscan white bean salad

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Tuscan white bean salad

Tuscan white bean salad

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