20+ Cannellini Bean Recipes (Northern White Beans)

Making delicious and nutritious recipes using cannellini beans is easier than you think! Here’s 20+ delicious recipes to make with the wondrous cannellini bean. Enjoy for an everyday lunch or dinner, and for special occasions.

Cannellini beans are both nutritious and delicious.

Whether you’re having a casual lunch or dinner with family and friends, or preparing a special dish for a special occasion, there is something here for everyone.

Get creative, and use these recipes as inspiration to come up with your own cannellini bean recipes.

The BEST Ways to Use Cannellini Beans

Close up of Italian White Beans with sage.
These Italian White Beans are cooked low and slow with a bit of sage and garlic, resulting in plump, yet firm beans that are delicious dressed with a bit of olive oil or served on top of crostini.
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Two bowls of kielbasa soup with spoons
This easy Kielbasa Soup recipe is filled with savory sausage, hearty potatoes, and healthy vegetables. It’s a warm and comforting soup that’s perfect for a cold winter day. 
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2 bowls of white chicken chili topped with cheese, sour cream and radishes.
This Easy White Chicken Chili can be made in under 30-minutes. Spicy and smoky it’s made with chicken, white beans, jalapenos, mild green chilis and plenty of monterey jack cheese. It’s a delicious, creamy white chicken chili that perfect for cozy nights at home. 
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Bowl of Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup with hands holding bowl and spoon
Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect comfort food for a cold day. Richly flavored with a ham bone and beans, this soup makes for an easy dinner that takes less than 10 minutes of hands-on time.
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Overhead shot of bowl of buffalo chicken chili.
This Buffalo Chicken Chili features all the flavors of your favorite finger food in a spicy chili. It’s a healthy, hearty way to enjoy buffalo wings in a new way!
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Creamy White Bean Lemon Pesto Orzo Soup: kind of like creamy risotto, kind of like soup, wholesome and comforting…20 mins and so DELICIOUS!
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This easy Mediterranean white bean salad recipe is ready in just 15 minutes for a bright and fresh salad that’s packed with protein! It has all your favorite Greek salad flavors.
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This rosemary white bean dip makes a tasty little snack or appetizer. A great addition to a party platter or cheese board for easy entertaining!
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Crispy seared chicken thighs get a slow braise alongside kale and creamy white beans. The whole healthy mess is finished with briny capers and fresh tarragon in this easy one-pot chicken dinner.
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Brightened with fresh dill, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little jalapeño, this garlicky white bean chicken soup recipe is a fresh, modern take on classic chicken soup.
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Garlicky Beans with Lemon, Dill and Trout…The name says it all. Smoked trout (no, seriously, it’s so good) makes regular old canned white beans into the easiest dinner ever.
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These White Beans with Bacon and Herbs are so simple to make, rich and savory, comforting, loaded with flavor and super delicious.
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Simple Mediterranean white bean and tuna salad toasts are a quick and healthy lunch idea any day of the week and perfect for meal prep.
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This white bean and spinach soup is made using nourishing vegetables, beans, and spices, and is the perfect warm, comforting meal.
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This 5-Ingredient Pesto Tortellini Soup is super quick and easy to make. Plus this hearty soup is full of the most amazing flavor!
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10-Minute Turkish White Bean Salad, or Piyaz, is a popular Mediterranean side dish made with white beans, red onion, parsley, and lemon.
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This duo bean tomato basil soup dish is delicious, easily vegan, and super easy to make.
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These creamy one-pot sundried tomato white beans are a high-protein version of gnocchi and come together in just 20 minutes. Buttery soft white beans are swimming in a super garlicky, parmesan-loaded creamy sauce, laced with sundried tomatoes and topped with spicy chili oil.
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This simple orzo white bean salad with arugula and goat cheese comes together in less than 20 minutes for a fresh, delicious summer meal!
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Dried white beans simmer in a flavorful Italian-inspired broth until tender, and the resulting brothy beans are served with peas, asparagus, and lemon.
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These Marinated White Bean Salad Jars are a light and fresh lunch to get you through the work week. Layers of marinated beans, tomatoes, onion and arugula.
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Minestrone primavera is a wonderful bowlful of spring flavors, with plenty green vegetables, white beans and a light stock base. Easy to make, adaptable & perfect on cooler spring days.
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Creamy, garlicky pasta — what’s not to love? This quick and easy pasta is the ultimate satisfying, nourishing meal with tomatoes, arugula, and fiber-rich beans. YUM!
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These White Bean and Kale Patties are a quick and easy vegetarian meal! These white bean patties are perfect to make ahead and freeze for later.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these recipes using cannellini beans can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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20+ Cannellini Bean Recipes

Here's 20+ delicious cannellini bean recipes that you can make for an everyday lunch or dinner, and for special occasions. Try this Easy White Chicken Chili. Made with chicken, cannellini beans, jalapenos, mild green chilis and plenty of monterey jack cheese.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 4-ounce can diced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chile peppers
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups shredded (cooked chicken breast)
  • 3 15-ounce cans great northern beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup light beer
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • Avocado (for garnish)
  • Sour cream (for garnish)


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, and cook until softened, 4-5 minutes. 
  • Mix in the garlic, jalapenos, chiles, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add the chicken, beans, broth and beer. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the mixture from heat. Stir in the cheese until melted.
  • Serve topped with chopped cilantro, sour cream and avocado. 
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Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 177mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 8.9mg | Calcium: 302mg | Iron: 0.9mg

1 thought on “20+ Cannellini Bean Recipes (Northern White Beans)”

  1. 5 stars
    oh wow, have been adding Cannellinis to my diet (legumes are 1 of 3 food groups to it) and definitely need some recipe inspiration, I like their unique taste, but definitely need a change and really like all of these options, so thank you


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