Mashed Cannellini Beans

February 3, 2010 · 31 comments

in beans and legumes,dairy-free,healthy,vegetarian

I adore beans.  I so regret the time in my life when I refused to eat them just because I assumed I wouldn’t like them. Now, we eat them at least once a week.  They’re cheap, healthy, delicious, and so versatile.

Cannellini beans are one of my favorites and apparently, as he told me last week, my husband’s absolutefavoritebean.  They’re delicious in so many things (one of our staples being this chicken, white bean, and spinach stew), but it’s not often I eat them on their own as a side.  I decided to mash them much like I do with our black beans and how I’ve recently done with pinto beans.  These are so easy and delicious.  They’re great as a substitute for mashed potatoes if you want something that is slightly starchy and will absorb juices (we  had these with a chicken breast and simple pan sauce), but packs more protein and fiber than your good ol’ yukon golds. Now, I’m not saying these are a mashed potato replacement because they don’t taste the same. For us they are just another great way to eat beans.

I was rather heavy handed on the garlic with these, using 3 fat cloves, but we found them delicious. Feel free to reduce the amount if you are not huge garlicphiles like we are.  I actually am starting to wonder if I’m becoming immune to the taste of garlic because I eat it in pretty much everything, and in large quantities…

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Ed Schenk@ Detroit Eats February 3, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I was surprised to find them referredto as white kidney beans.


nina February 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I think if our forfathers were more inventive with beans, more children would have liked beans……my children just assume we are having mash potatoes while in fact they are having mashed beans…..the secret to me is that there has to be some gravy or sauce!!! Lovely meal!!


Stamatia February 3, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I would say skordophile, but I’ve seen alliophile, too (from allium, the Latin root for words like the French “ail”).

My boyfriend won’t eat beans (except he’ll eat chickpeas – I don’t know why!), but I think he’d be willing to try it if they were smooshed to oblivion and loaded up with garlic…


Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul February 4, 2010 at 7:17 am

These are a favourite Elly! I make mine with garlic and red wine vinegar.


Cara February 4, 2010 at 8:16 am

Great idea for another mashed potato alternative!


Anna A February 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

Holly frijoles these sound and look killer. I love the garlic and rosemary flava flavs too. Sometimes I make hummus with cannellini beans, rosemary and garlic but now I will have to try your recipe. Thanks!


bellini valli February 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

Cannelini beans…check…garlic…check…..I think I can do this.


Kalynskitchen February 4, 2010 at 10:13 am

I love this recipe!! What a great idea.


Courtney February 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

Yum! This looks awesome! Eric and I love garlic and always add more than a recipe calls for, so I know we’ll totally love these. I’m so excited to have a good alternative to mashed potatoes. Thanks, Elly!


ash February 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm

i want to try these! i’ve honestly ever had cannellini beans in soup… i’m not sure why I’ve never made them otherwise! great idea! protein instead of starch with grilled chicken would be perfect!


annie February 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm

What a fantastic idea! I love canellini beans, so this sounds absolutely delicious.


tasteofbeirut February 5, 2010 at 8:50 am

I love cannellini beans and prepared this way is the best way! Honestly, i did not think you went crazy with the garlic, sometimes I put twice as much!


Juliana February 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Oh! Never thought in mashing cannellini beans, sounds yummie and sure great as a side dish :-)


brannyboilsover February 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

What a unique idea!


Ivy February 6, 2010 at 1:12 am

Great idea to mash the beans.


Kerstin February 7, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I love this! We’ve gotten more into beans lately too and I’m sure they’re great as a mashed side dish!


Molly February 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Holy yum! These were so so good…I want to make them again with tomorrow’s dinner. I served with sauteed chicken in a honey-balsamic reduction – just delish! i could have eaten both servings myself. what a great alternative to the starchy potatoes – love the added protein and fiber.


elly February 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I’m so happy you liked them, Molly! And that chicken sounds delicious!


Kevin February 14, 2010 at 8:43 am

I like the sound of mashed beans for a side dish.


Chelai August 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

These were great! Served them with indian meatballs. Thanks


elly August 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

Glad you liked them, Chelai!


Erika September 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I’m making them again for the second time in a month. Love it! I added a little red pepper flakes to give it a little spice. I feel healthy eating this. Thanks!


elly September 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Glad you enjoy them, Erika, and love the red pepper flake addition!


Diane January 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Just made these beans for lunch. Excellent taste. They will be a standard side dish in my house. I used the immersion blender to “mash” beans. I plan to look for more recipes on your website. Thanks!!!


elly January 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Happy to hear it, Diane!


Rachel September 5, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Have you ever made these ahead and frozen them? I’m trying to stock the freeze for a new baby and we love these!


elly September 6, 2016 at 1:40 pm

I’ve never tried before, Rachel. Sorry! If you do it, let me know how it works out. I’ve been cooking dried beans in my crockpot more often but it makes a ton, so this would be handy knowledge. :)


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