This Italian Baked Cannelini Beans recipe is so good, made with onions, garlic, cannelini beans, rosemary and tomatoes! These cheesy white beans are a simple side dish full of flavor, delicious served with chicken, pork, beef, and a crowd pleaser with a juicy summer burger!

spoonful of Baked Cannelini Beans

I love a good side dish of baked beans. And these tuscan baked beans are scrumptious on the side, or a weeknight meal, made with an Italian flare and very simple ingredients. Baked Cannelini Beans recipe only takes a quick trip to the pantry to gather all of the ingredients. Add your favorite cheese and herbs!

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Baked Cannelini Beans

Do you keep cannelini beans stocked in your pantry, but you don’t really know what to do with them?  Look no further than this amazing baked white beans in tomato sauce.

serving of cheesy baked Italian beans

Why we love this recipe

  • Delicious paired with hot crunchy bread and a fresh green salad!
  • We love this white bean casserole, but you could also add in other ingredients like kale, noodles, and even roasted vegetables.
  • It’s the perfect vegetarian dish to bring to a party.
  • Serve as a main dish or a side dish.
  • The leftovers are delicious served in a wrap for lunch.

ingredients for Baked Cannelini Beans

Gather these ingredients

Here are the ingredients for this traditional Italian beans recipe:

  • Onion + garlic
  • Tomatoes: we use fire roasted tomatoes (you can get them at Trader Joe’s)
  • Cheese: we use Parmesan and Fontina but you can mix it up
  • Rosemary: fresh is the best, but optional to use dried leaves
  • Cannelini beans: you can also use white Northern beans
a bite of cheesy Cannelini Beans

Different, yet so tasty and fresh (we love rosemary!) We love to add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes for an extra pop of heat!

One reader (Jeffie) says: The rosemary, the fontina cheese and now the mushrooms make this an exceptional addition to our vegetarian life.   Add a salad and crusty bread and it is amazing.

how to make cheesy beans

How do you make Baked Cannelini Beans?

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and salt. Cook and stir until tender.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and rosemary. Bring to boiling; boil gently, uncovered, until slightly thickened.
  3. Stir in beans and half the Parmesan. Season to taste with crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Transfer to a 2-qt. rectangular baking dish.
  4. Top with remaining Parmesan and the Fontina. Bake until begins to lightly brown around the edges.
  5. Sprinkle with additional rosemary before serving.
cheesy Italian baked beans

How do you serve Italian cheesy beans?

  1. You can serve this dish right out of the oven, nice and hot.
  2. Serve as a side with other Italian main dishes (it’s a nice vegetarian option for guests).
  3. Add sour cream, and other favorite toppings.
  4. Set out the red pepper flakes for an extra bit of heat.
cheesy beans

This recipe is not your traditional way to serve baked beans! My pantry is stocked with all kinds of beans, but I never want to run out of cannelini. This has become one of our favorite dishes.

Bring it to your next potluck, or better yet, serve it as a side for a vegetarian option at your next Italian dinner party!

cheesy Baked Cannelini Beans

Tips and substitutions:

  • Use any kind of white beans (like Great Northern).
  • Regular canned tomatoes will work fine as a substitute for fire-roasted. You can even add a pinch of smoked paprika to make up for it.
  • Mix up the cheese and add your favorite (Parmesan, etc.)
  • Try fresh basil in the summertime, or thyme. Rosemary is great in the winter months.
  • Makes a delicious side dish or a main dish (vegetarian). Serve with hot crunchy bread and a side salad.
  • Make ahead and bake the next day.
  • Take to a potluck.
a bowl of baked white beans

More recipes to try with cannelini beans:

There are so many great recipes using these sweet, white beans, like this White Bean Cabbage Sausage Soup, or this Chicken White Bean Mozzarella Dip. Or if you are a chili lover, we love this Turkey Poblano White Bean Chili recipe! You may also want to try these BBQ Baked Beans.

spoonful of Baked Cannelini Beans
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Baked Cannelini Beans

This Baked Cannelini Beans recipe is so cheesy good, made with onions, garlic, cannelini beans, rosemary and tomatoes! A great Italian side dish!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 6
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Ingredients
 

  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 28 oz can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • ¼ cup fresh rosemary leaves, coarsely chopped, plus additional for garnish
  • 3 15 oz cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup cup shredded Fontina cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir for 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Stir in tomatoes and rosemary. Bring to boiling; boil gently, uncovered, 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  • Stir in beans and half the Parmesan. Season to taste with crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Transfer to a 2-qt. rectangular baking dish.
  • Top with remaining Parmesan and the Fontina. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until beginning to lightly brown around the edges.
  • Sprinkle with additional rosemary before serving.

Notes

Originally posted FEB 2017.
 
If not fire roasted tomatoes, regular canned tomatoes will work fine as a substitute. You can even add a pinch of smoked paprika to make up for it.
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Main Course
Calories: 146kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 309mg, Potassium: 64mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 242IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 181mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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Baked Cannelini Beans