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White Bean Mash With Rosemary And Lemon

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.

Cannellini bean mash in a large pan with lemon and rosemary

This simple side dish consists of just five simple ingredients;

  • cannellini beans (white beans)
  • garlic
  • rosemary
  • lemon
  • 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.

step by step photos of making cannellini bean mash with rosemary and lemon

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 1/2 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
  • sausages
  • 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

A close up of cannellini bean mash topped with sprigs of rosemary and slices of lemon in a large pan

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5 from 5 votes
White Bean Mash With Rosemary and Lemon
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
The easiest white bean mash made with cannellini beans, rosemary, lemon and garlic. A super quick and healthy alternative to mashed potatoes.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 304 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 30 oz (840g) 30oz cannellini beans , pre-cooked
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water or stock (optional)
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 1/2cup/125ml) and mash them all with a fork until creamy.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
White Bean Mash With Rosemary and Lemon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Potassium 953mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin C 1.4%
Calcium 15.6%
Iron 34.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Melissa Griffiths
    February 8, 2018 at 4:37 am

    I’ve never even thought to make mashed beans before, but it sounds delicious and I bet my kids would love it!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    February 3, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    This mash looks like such a great idea as a side dish – healthy, comforting and delicious!

  • Reply
    Maggie @ Mama Maggie's Kitchen
    February 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I know you mention meats you can eat with this, but I would eat it just by itself with crusty bread. Can’t wait to make this!!

  • Reply
    Jill
    February 3, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I love simple dishes like this. Rosemary flavor is perfect with white beans too.

  • Reply
    Julia
    February 3, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Oh this looks just like something I would enjoy! And I would put this on toasted ciabatta bread like you suggested. 🙂

  • Reply
    debi at Life Currents
    February 3, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    We have a huge rosemary plant in the backyard. I’ve been using it more lately. I think rosemary is a good winter flavor. This bean dish looks like a great way to use the rosemary.

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      February 4, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Rosemary is such a hardy plant, it’s great that it lasts all year round. This would be perfect!

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