Recipe: Cannellini Beans On Toast, Italian Style.

This recipe is vegan and vegetarian friendly. A perfect starter for an evening dinner outside in the sun, light and tasty. Add more to make into a main meal. This meal would be perfect in a vineyard in the south of Italy although your garden or balcony will have to do for now. Serves between 4 to 5 people.


Bread of your choice: focaccia, ciabatta or sourdough.

200g dried cannellini beans or 2 tins of cooked cannellini beans. 

3 medium white onions 

6 cloves of garlic

1 veg stock cube

 2 sprigs of rosemary

 2 courgettes

150ml extra virgin olive oil 

Sea salt 

If using dried beans, soak them overnight in cold water. Then wash them off and place in saucepan covered with cold water with 1 peeled and quartered onion, sprig of rosemary, 3 peeled garlic cloves and a veg stock cube.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 60-90 minutes until the beans are tender, then drain and pick out the rosemary stalk. 

Whilst the beans are boiling, in a separate pan add the olive oil, 2 diced white onions 3 chopped garlic cloves and a chopped sprig of rosemary. Slowly fry until all are soft then add the cooked beans. Let these cook together for a few minutes to soak up some of the oil and flavours. 

Pan fry some slices of courgettes with salt and pepper in a little olive oil. 

If you are using the tinned beans drain them and wash them off. They will be a lot softer and not so much flavour as the home cooked ones. l. 

Toast a piece of your favourite bread, foccacia, ciabatta or sourdough works well, pile on the beans and garnish with the courgette and add some tomato if you wish. If you aren’t vegan then some shaved parmesan goes well with these too as well as a splash of balsamic vinegar. 

Tip: To make balsamic vinegar less harsh and taste like a really expensive one just empty the contents of a 500ml bottle into a saucepan and add 100g sugar. Boil the liquid until roughly reduced by a third , allow to cool and pour back in the bottle. (take out the plastic drizzler before doing this which will make it easier to pour in the bottle.

We enjoyed this meal so much we cooked it twice and as you can see by the pictures offered two ways that it can be presented. You should now have multiple dishes that look and taste as good as ours Any questions we would be happy to answer.

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