Antipasti and Light Bites/ Dips and Pestos

Creamy White Bean Dip

February 16, 2020

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This easy White Bean Dip is smooth, creamy and absolutely delicious. Made with creamy taleggio cheese and garlic, it’s the perfect appetizer for parties and to serve with drinks! Ready in 5 minutes.

An overhead shot of a creamy bean dip with breadsticks and veggies around it

This white bean dip is totally addictive, it’s creamy and cheesy with a silky smooth and luxurious texture!

I absolutely love to serve it with a sharing platter full of antipasti nibbles and snacks.

It’s perfect for serving up at parties and goes so well with drinks but it’s so incredibly easy to whip up that it’s equally as delicious for a quick everyday snack!

I dunno about you but when it comes to dips I love them to be made with simple ingredients and whipped up in 5 minutes flat and this dip ticks all of the boxes.

Ingredients – What You Need

  • Cannellini beans – canned, drained and rinsed
  • Taleggio cheese – cut into rough cubes
  • Mascarpone – full fat
  • Heavy cream (double cream)
  • Salt and pepper – to season

Ingredients for making a white bean dip

How to Make this CreamyWhite Bean Dip – Step By Step

Drain the cannellini beans and rinse them under warm water. This is an important step as it helps the dip get extra smooth and creamy, alternatively, you can warm them up in a skillet after draining.

Put all ingredients in a food processor (photo 1).

Two process shots showing how to make a white bean dip

Blitz until extra smooth and creamy (photo 2).

Top Tip: If the dip looks grainy keep on blitzing it until it turns smooth, you can also add a splash of warm water (around 1 tbsp) to help smooth it out.

Serving Suggestions

There are so many ways to serve this white bean dip, I love to serve it with veggies such as sliced bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, and some char-grilled ciabatta bread or breadsticks.

Interested in serving up a sharing platter to your guests? Here are some delicious nibbles to serve up alongside this dip;

  • Cured meats such as prosciutto crudo, salami, prosciutto cotto (Italian ham)
  • Cheeses – try a mix of soft and hard cheese such as gorgonzola, fontina and pecorino
  • Bread stick or ciabatta bread
  • Marinated olives
  • Veggies such as marinated eggplant, bell peppers and sauteed mushrooms.

A side shot of a white bean dip with breadsticks and bell peppers around it

Can You Freeze it?

Even although it’s completely safe to freeze this dip I don’t recommend it as it’ll lose its creamy texture.

Because it’s so quick and easy to make there’s no real need to freeze it. If you have any leftovers then it’ll store well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days covered with plastic wrap or in a sealed container.

A close up of dipping bell peppers into a white bean dip

Top Tips for Making this White Bean Dip

  • You need to warm up the beans either by rinsing them in warm water for a few seconds or warming them up in a skillet (frying pan). It helps create a super smooth and creamy texture.
  • If you feel the dip is too thick then add a splash of warm water (around 1 tbsp) to help loosen it.
  • Feel free to adapt it with another cheese of your choice just make sure it’s a soft cheese.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge and bring to room temperature before serving, you may need to blitz again with a splash of warm water or warm up in a skillet.

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White Bean Dip

This easy White Bean Dip is smooth, creamy and absolutely delicious. Made with creamy taleggio cheese and garlic, it's the perfect appetizer for parties and to serve with drinks! Ready in 5 minutes.
Course appetizers
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 92kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 14 oz cannellini beans drained and rinsed (400g)
  • 1/2 cup Taleggio cheese cut into cubes (90g)
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone (125g)
  • 1/3 cup cream (80ml)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to season

Instructions

  • Rinse the beans in warm water for a couple of seconds until warm, alternatively warm up in a skillet (frying pan).
  • Add the beans, taleggio, garlic, cream, mascarpone and a pinch of salt and pepper to a food processor and blitz on high speed until silky smooth.
  • If the mixture looks grainy keep on blitzing until smooth.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and serve with crackers, breadsticks or veggies.

Notes

  • You need to warm up the beans either by rinsing them in warm water for a few seconds or warming them up in a skillet (frying pan). It helps create a super smooth and creamy texture.
  • If you feel the dip is too thick then add a splash of warm water (around 1 tbsp) to help loosen it.
  • Feel free to adapt it with another cheese of your choice just make sure it's a soft cheese.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge and bring to room temperature before serving, you may need to blitz again with a splash of warm water or warm up in a skillet.

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela
    September 7, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Oh taleggio is one of my favourites! Never thought to make it into a dip! Definitely making this..and probably eating it all! Yum!5 stars

  • Reply
    Christie
    December 9, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Love the idea of taleggio in a white bean dip. What a great way to add flavor.

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    December 9, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    This looks so indulgent! Pour a glass of wine and pass the platter!

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    December 9, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    This dip sounds so delicious!! I love cheese and this would be perfect for the upcoming holidays now.

  • Reply
    Tara
    December 9, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Ooh,, love the use of Tagleggio. This dip sounds so flavorful. Great appetizer for the holiday season.

  • Reply
    Kristine
    December 9, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    This dip sounds delicious! I love cheesy appetizers like this, perfect for a holiday party! Thank you for the recipe!

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