Italian Cannellini Bean Stew

Oh my God, people. I love eating this. I don't know why it's so good. What's going on?? This is definitely a Stacy Staple.

The basic idea is to stew cannellini beans with tomatoes and one dominant, strong herb like sage or rosemary. The potential for blandness is high, so you really can't skimp on the flavor enhancers.

Anti-Blandness Essentials: Don't Attempt Without!

  • a good amount of a strong, fresh herb. I usually use either sage or rosemary.
  • a lot of chopped garlic. At least 5 cloves—at least!!!
  • Parmesian cheese rind. You must add it!
  • Freshly ground black pepper. It must be freshly ground!


  1. Saute the garlic in extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Add 1 large can crushed tomatoes and 2 or 3 15 oz cans of cannellini beans. The beans should dominate the sauce.
  3. Add the herbs and cheese rind. I usually begin adding salt and pepper at this stage.
  4. Stew it. You must wait for the critical moment when the cannellini bean flavor (I know, seems impossible) to permeate the tomato sauce. It usually takes about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Eat It With

Usually, I just eat it as is. But it's pretty good over white rice—you'd be surprised! And I often add additional shredded romano cheese. This can really take it over the edge. It's also nice with a simple salad. It's very filling and perfect for cold weather.


  • You might try adding a little fresh basil.
  • You could try a fresh tomato version.
  • Use dried cannellini beans.




Add a New Comment

tag your recipe!
Your recipe will appear automatically under one of the side menus by adding one or more of these tags:
appetizers breakfast breakfast-eggs desserts desserts-tips desserts-web drinks drinks-hot drinks-summer drinks-wine drinks-na meat-beef meat-pasta meat-pork meat-poultry meat-web salads-green salads-green salads-vegetable salads-bean salads-hearty salads-meat salads-dressings seafood sides-vegetable sides-starchy sides-bean sides-web soups soups-web meatless-beans meatless-pasta meatless-rice meatless-soups meatless-soy meatless-vegetable meatless-web
chinese indian italian korean mexican middle-eastern spanish tips
spring summer fall winter

To edit this wiki, make sure you are signed in and then click "edit" at the bottom of the page.

To create a link to another page, copy and paste this code into the editable window:

[[[page-title| Link Text]]]

If the final link appears in blue, you have correctly established a link.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License