Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What's For Dinner: Tuscan Beans

One of the recipes I like to make for dinner is Tuscan Beans. I came across the recipe while looking for money-saving bean recipes. This recipe can be made inexpensively, or you can spend a little more on it - it all depends on your budget. It is based on a recipe I originally found on

Tuscan Beans

  • 4 slices to 1 lb of bacon, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (15 oz) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained*
  • 1 (15 oz) can chopped tomatoes with juice (I use petite cut w/ some sort of Italian seasoning)
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • parmesan cheese, grated
*or equivalent of dried beans, cooked


Saute bacon in a large skillet for 4 minutes. Add onion and garlic, saute until bacon is cooked and veggies are tender. Add beans, tomatoes, sage, salt, and pepper to the bacon/onion mixture in the skillet. Heat through, about 10-15 minutes. Taste, making sure to add seasoning if needed (the beans absorb a lot of it). Sprinkle with parsley and parmesan, serve.

The beans can also be baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated, if you prefer that method.

**Photo credit: stock.xchng

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