Mashed Cannellini Beans


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…

Mashed Cannellini Beans

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

  • 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!!

  • 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…

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

  • Great idea for another mashed potato alternative!

  • 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!

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

  • I love this recipe!! What a great idea.

  • 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

    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!

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

  • 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!

  • Oh! Never thought in mashing cannellini beans, sounds yummie and sure great as a side dish 🙂

  • brannyboilsover

    What a unique idea!

  • Ivy

    Great idea to mash the beans.

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

  • Molly

    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.

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

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

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  • Chelai

    These were great! Served them with indian meatballs. Thanks

    • elly

      Glad you liked them, Chelai!

  • Erika

    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

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

  • Diane

    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

      Happy to hear it, Diane!

  • Rachel

    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

      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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