A quick trip to the pantry is all you need to put an Italian spin on this Cheesy Italian Baked Cannelini Beans recipe. Add your favorite cheese and herbs! WATCH THE VIDEO!

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Friends, enjoy a simple side dish, or weeknight meal: This Cheesy Italian Baked Cannelini Beans recipe. And HAPPY WEEKEND!

Cheesy Italian Baked Cannelini Beans

Sprinkle the cannelini beans with your favorite cheese and herbs.

Serve with hot crunchy bread and a fresh green salad! Or, serve with this Epic Chicken Strips Dinner Board for the weekend, or this Best Grilled Chicken Thighs recipe. Looking for an easy appetizer? This Salami Wrapped Pepperoncini Rollups. And for dessert, this Best Blueberry Coobbler is truly the BEST.

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Cheesy White Bean Casserole

We love this white bean casserole, but you could also add in other ingredients like kale, noodles, and even roasted vegetables.

Then, all that’s left to do is dot it with cheese and bake! Soo good!

Cheesy Italian Baked Cannelini Beans

This Cheesy Italian Baked Cannelini Beans recipe is not your traditional way to serve baked beans! My pantry is stocked with all kinds of beans, and I never want to run out of cannelini.

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!

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Ingredients for Italian Baked Cannelini Beans

Here are the ingredients for this traditional Italian beans recipe:

  • Onion, garlic, tomatoes
  • Cheese (several kinds of cheese)
  • Rosemary
  • Cannelini beans

Different, yet so tasty and fresh (we love rosemary!)

Add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes!

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

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More baked beans recipes:

Here are a few other baked beans recipes for you to try:

Root Beer Baked Beans

My friend Jessica’s Saucy Smoky Baked Beans

Also served baked beans in the center of an Epic Sweet Potato Dinner Board (you can make this board vegetarian, too)

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Friends, right before we headed to bed one night this week, we witnessed the most incredible sunset!

Sitting on our back deck at the end of the day is a special time.

Being intentional with our time

Lately I’ve been thinking about more ways to expand our outreach to friends and family, as people are struggling in these crazy times. We all long for greater friendships, and spiritual communion. I’m praying for an expanded mind, and a warmer heart, filled with greater peace and gratitude. This theme is essential for all of us, wouldn’t you agree?

Part of praying for newness, and being more intentional with our time, is we have to act on it. It’s easy to come up with new ideas, right?

But to implement them is another thing. Action!

One way to start is by inviting several people over for dinner!

Happy weekend Friends!

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Cheesy Italian Baked Cannelini Beans

Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 6


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 28 ounce can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves, coarsely chopped, plus additional for garnish
  • 3 15 ounce cans Bush’s cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cup shredded Fontina cheese


  • 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.


Cuisine: Italian
Course: Main Course
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