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White Beans with Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

  • Author: Maryea
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


There is nothing better than homemade white beans, mixed with warm tomatoes and fresh basil. The simplest of ingredients, but the result is a flavorful, satisfying dish.


  • 1/2 pound dried white beans
  • 4 whole, peeled garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade*
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place the dry beans in a large pot and cover them with water so they are completely covered by about 4 times their volume. All to soak at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain the beans and add them back into a pot with a heavy lid. Add in the whole garlic cloves and enough water to cover them by about 3 inches.
  3. Bring the beans to a boil, then cover and allow them to simmer gently until they are tender but not mushy, about 25-45 minutes**
  4. Remove from heat, and allow the beans to sit in their cooking liquid for 10 minutes, then drain them.
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium low heat. Add the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and cook until softened and warm throughout, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked beans to the skillet and stir to combine. Season again with salt and pepper.
  6. Remove from heat, and stir in the basil. Serve warm.


*To chiffonade basil, stack the leaves, then roll them up, and slice them with a sharp knife.

**The cooking time will vary based on which type/size of white bean you use, and how new they are. The smaller beans and newer beans will cook faster, so be sure to check on them after about 25 minutes.

Serving Suggestions:

  • These are great served as a side dish with meat, chicken, or fish.
  • Eat for breakfast or lunch on toast that’s been spread with butter or hummus.
  • Add cooked pasta for a main course dinner entree.
  • Add to a grain bowl with brown rice, quinoa, or farro, along with some greens and avocado.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: recipes
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: italian


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 90
  • Fat: 3
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 12.4 grams
  • Fiber: 3.5 grams
  • Protein: 4.1 grams

Keywords: white beans