Cannellini Bean Dip with Lemon and Parmesan

These days we are putting those cans of beans to work. I’ve never felt so happy to see a little stockpile of beans in my pantry, and I’m guessing you feel the same. Cannellini are one of my go-to favorites.

Not only is this dip fast and easy, but it’s also really inexpensive.  This cannellini bean dip tastes fresh and lush at the same time, and there’s something very special about a homemade dip or spread, versus the store-bought stuff.   

Cannellini Bean Dip with Lemon and Parmesan

A food processor or blender makes this come together ridiculously quickly.  Place the beans, shallots, olive oil, and lemon juice and zest in a food processor or blender and pulse to combine well.

Add the Parmesan, cayenne or hot sauce, and salt and pepper and puree until smooth.  If the dip is thick, you may add another tablespoon or two of olive oil or water. Make sure to season generously with pepper, and add salt judiciously—you can always add more at the end, but the Parmesan adds salt as well.

Cannellini Bean Dip with Lemon and Parmesan

If you like, top the dip with a sprinkle of parsley or paprika. If you happen to have a couple of fresh herb sprigs lying around, tuck those into the side.

Cannellini Bean Dip with Lemon and Parmesan

Make Ahead Dip

Cannellini bean dip can be made a couple of days ahead of time and refrigerated, but it best served at room temperature. Serve with pita or tortilla chips or raw vegetables or crackers.

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Cannellini Bean Dip with Lemon and Parmesan

Cannellini Bean Dip with Lemon and Parmesan

This is a very simple 10-minute bean dip that comes together with pantry ingredients – a nice change of pace from hummus.
Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 14.5- or 15-ounce can cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Strained juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch cayenne pepper or a couple of dashes of hot sauce
  • Coarse or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Minced fresh parsley or paprika to garnish (optional)

Directions

  • Place the beans, shallots, olive oil, and lemon juice and zest in a food processor or blender and pulse to combine well.  Add the Parmesan, cayenne or hot sauce, and salt and pepper and puree until smooth.  If the dip is thick, you may add another tablespoon or two of olive oil or water.
  • If you like, top the dip with a sprinkle of parsley or paprika.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

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Comments

  1. That pic caught my eye. Looks great. I’ve never bought cannellini beans before. Do you think I can sub garbanzo beans? I’m not familiar with cannellini beans/and their taste. Or do you think I should just buy a can the next time I go shopping.

    Thanks so much.

  2. Thanks Katie, I’m staying in today since its a feels like 5 degrees outside (balmy compared to other areas). The recipe looks great but I think I’m just going to pick up a can of cannellini beans rather than tweaking from the get go. And, I need to branch out from my usual garbanzo and black beans.

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