The easiest white bean mash made with cannellini beans, rosemary, lemon and garlic. A super quick and healthy alternative to mashed potatoes. Serve with grilled or roasted meat or fish or even serve on slices of toasted ciabatta as a snack.
Bean mash is the easiest thing in the world to make and you probably already have everything in your kitchen to make it.
This simple side dish consists of just five simple ingredients;
- cannellini beans (white beans)
- olive oil
Those five ingredients create a creamy, rustic, garlic bean mash that's so delicious you could skip the meat or fish and go straight for the mash. Seriously, a bowl of this with some crusty bread or toasted ciabatta is all I need.
It also makes a great alternative to mashed potatoes. Let's be honest, mashed potatoes don't take long to whip up but this white bean mash takes no more than 10 minutes start to finish (super quick). So, if you're like me and sometimes need dinner like NOW then you definitely don't need to wait long for this.
How To Make White Bean Mash - Step By Step
Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan and saute the garlic and rosemary for a few seconds, don't let the garlic brown.
Add the cannellini beans with a squeeze of lemon juice, zest, another tablespoon of oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the beans for 2-3 minutes, then start to mash them with a fork.
Tip: At this point you can decide what consistency you'd like the bean mash to be. I like to mash around half of the beans for a rustic style mash. For a creamy consistency add a splash of water or stock (around ½ cup) and mash them all with a fork until creamy.
What Could I Have White Bean Mash With?
Here are some simple dinner ideas to serve your bean mash with;
- grilled salmon fillet or your favourite fish
- pork chops
- grilled chicken
- grilled veggies such as zucchini
- marinated eggplant
- Oven baked crusted pork chops
- steak, marinated in herbs, fresh chilli, lemon
- serve on toasted ciabatta bread
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White Bean Mash With Rosemary and Lemon
- 30 oz (840g) 30oz cannellini beans , pre-cooked
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ juice of 1 lemon
- zest of half a lemon
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 small bunch rosemary
- salt and pepper
- ½ cup (125ml) water or stock (optional)
- Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a large pan and saute the garlic and rosemary for a few seconds, don't let the garlic brown.
- Add the cannellini beans with the lemon juice, zest, another tablespoon of olive oil and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the beans for 2-3 minutes, then start to mash them with a fork.
- At this point you can decide what consistency you'd like the bean mash to be. I like to mash around half of the beans for a rustic style mash. For a creamy consistency add a splash of water or stock (around ½cup/125ml) and mash them all with a fork until creamy.
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