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16 Amazing White Bean Recipes

White beans are in a class all by themselves. One of the best things is that they are so versatile and can be turned into creamy sauces and even vegan cheese. They can be added to recipes or be the main attraction. This list of White Bean Recipes will give you a new appreciation for these humble beans!

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I love nearly all kinds of beans, and I have to say that white beans are some of my favorites. I keep both can and dry versions on hand in my cupboards at all times because they are so flexible and can be used in recipes like soups and pair well with so many main dishes.

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What are white beans good for?

From a health standpoint, white beans are excellent for your health. They are low in fat and loaded with protein with approximately 15 grams in every cup of cooked beans.

White beans are also a fiber champion containing around 14 grams per 1-cup serving depending on the type of white bean. High-fiber diets are associated with better digestive health and can even help lower cholesterol.

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Types of white beans

There are a number of bean types that are considered white beans. The description is based on the outside casting which is whitish in color and the tender starchy inside that makes them perfect for turning into other recipes such as sauces and vegan cheese.

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  • Navy beans- These are the smallest on the white bean list and are pale and oval in appearance. They are commonly used to make baked beans because they are tender and absorb the flavors of spices and seasonings well.
  • Great Northern beans- As a medium-size tender white bean, this type holds their shape better than the navy bean which makes them perfect for bean salads.
  • Cannellini beans– Most hearty on the list, and the largest white bean, cannellini beans are perfect for including in chili and soup recipes. They are sometimes called white kidney beans.

Are chickpeas considered white beans?

Though many people are familiar with chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), they should not be included in the white bean list due to their difference in texture and density.

Chickpeas are firmer and don’t do as well when making sauces that need to be creamy. However, if a recipe calls for white beans to be added in a more meaty capacity, such as chili or tacos, chickpeas will work just fine.

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Now that you understand the basics of using white beans in recipes, let’s dive right into it with this list of amazingly delicious and healthy white bean recipes.

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Amazing White Bean Recipes

White beans are in a class all by themselves. One of the best things is that they are so versatile and can be turned into creamy sauces and even vegan cheese. They can be added to recipes or be the main attraction. This list of White Bean Recipes will give you a new appreciation for these humble beans! Click on each of the photos, recipe titles, or 'Get the Recipe' buttons to see full recipes with ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button.

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