Italian Cannellini White Bean Appetizer Recipe

Thursday, February 28, 2013
I really believe this is one of the tastiest healthy appetizers I can ever eat or made! Cannellini beans pureed with the best flavors. A little fresh chopped garlic and peppers make this a superior flavor!

1 15 oz can Cannellini Beans drained and rinsed
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil plus more
1/4 chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cloves fresh garlic cleaned
salt, pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne powder
Optional: you can add 2 tablespoons of fresh cleaned peppers for extra flavor add in with the beans
fresh chopped basil for garnish
toasted garlic bread or pita bread
grating cheese

Make garlic bread from toasted baguettes slices,  toast points or pita bread triangles. (Or just use as a dip, see suggestions below)

Place the parsley, oil, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor pulse till fine. Add the salt, pepper, cayenne to taste. Add drained and rinsed cannellini beans to the food processor and pulse until desired puree. I like mine a little chunky.

 You can make this into a smooth paste spread if you continue to pulse longer if you like.
Spread on garlic bread or whatever you prefer to use. Sprinkle with grating cheese, fresh basil and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Broil until cheese is browned. Serve warm or cold either way.

This dip is also great with any kind of fresh vegetable sticks like carrots, zucchini, celery etc.
+claudia lamascolo  Author


  1. A healthy and protein rich appetizer!

  2. this does sound darn good, and clean on the palate with a nice blend of flavors - well done Claudia

  3. I absolutely love white beans. Delicious and healthy!

  4. I bet that's tasty. I recently heard about just pureeing cannellini with a little broth or wine to make a nice creamy sauce. What you can do with beans!

  5. This looks so incredibly delicious…I know I will be giving it a try!


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