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spoon and bread next to a plate of white beans and asaparagus

Caramelized Lemon White Beans

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  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These Caramelized Lemon White Beans are full of zesty flavor and easily made into a hearty vegan main meal! Slightly sweet with notes of garlic and citrus, they're a great addition to your weekday dinner rotation.


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  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1/2 of a medium/large yellow onion, sliced into thin half moons
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 of a large lemon, sliced into very thin rounds
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb of asparagus or broccolini, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 cups of cooked white beans (two rinsed cans)
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • Cashew parmesan, to serve


  1. Add a pot to the stove over medium heat. Add olive oil. Once shimmering, add onion, 1/2 tsp salt, a few twists of pepper, and lemon slices. Let cook for about 5 minutes, until soft. Lemon slices should take on some color.
  2. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 1-2 minutes more, stirring to prevent burning.
  3. Add asparagus (or broccolini), white beans, and a cup or two of water. Bring entire mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, until vegetables are bright green but not soggy. If you have thicker pieces they may take longer to cook. Add parsley and remove from heat.
  4. Serve warm with cashew parmesan, fresh herbs, and toasted bread for a heartier meal.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: One sixth of recipe
  • Calories: 246.8 calories
  • Sugar: 2.3 grams
  • Sodium: 404.6
  • Fat: 5.1 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8 grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.3 grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 38.1 grams
  • Fiber: 11 grams
  • Protein: 14.8 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams