This Crispy White Bean Skillet is a healthy and comforting dinner that’s ready in just 20 minutes! Served with bread or salad, it’s a hearty and protein-rich meal that is full of pizza-inspired flavors.
Details for this Crispy White Beans Recipe
White beans are some of the hardest working legumes in many plant-based kitchens. With their creamy texture and comforting, fits-with-everything flavor, they can be easily made into dips, bean salads, whole dinners, and more. Today’s recipe makes the most of their texture by crisping the exterior just a bit in olive oil, then adding in familiar “pizza-inspired” notes of tomatoes, dried and fresh herbs, and plant-based cheese.
Ingredients and Possible Substitutions
Cannellini beans form the base of the dish. Butter beans are a great substitute if you can find them. I do not recommend garbanzo beans (too firm) or navy beans (too small to crisp easily).
Dried oregano, fresh garlic, nutmeg, parsley and salt create the “pizza” flavor.
Cherry tomatoes add some acidity to round things out. If they are not in season where you live, canned tomatoes fit just as well.
Kale adds a dose of nourishing greens. Lacinato (“dino”) and regular curly kale both work.
Walnuts are optional but really lend some toothsome texture alongside the beans. Heart-healthy omega-3s are another great benefit.
What to Serve with Crispy White Beans
This meal is great on it’s own served simply with some toasted bread and cashew parmesan.
For a more well-rounded dinner, arugula fennel salad would be an excellent pairing.
How to Make Cashew Parmesan
Pulse in a food processor 1 cup raw cashews, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 3 TBS nutritional yeast, and a pinch of salt. Stored in a sealed jar in the fridge for a few months. Click here to see a video of how to make cashew parm!