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A bowl of tomato beans in a bowl with sage leaves
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Fagioli all’uccelletto - Beans in Tomato Sauce

Fagioli all'uccelletto (beans in tomato sauce) is a delicious Italian side dish made with cannellini beans, tomato, garlic, and sage. This quick and easy recipe takes just over 10 minutes to make and goes with almost anything!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Emily Kemp



  • Add the olive oil to a frying pan or skillet on medium heat and add the chopped garlic and sage leaves. Fry for 1-2 minutes until the garlic is just starting to turn a light golden brown.
  • Add the tomatoes followed by the water and a good pinch of salt and pepper, stir. Simmer the sauce for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, add the beans and bring back to a simmer. Continue to cook for a further 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly and the beans are warmed through, serve.


  • Want to make them spicy? add in some red pepper flakes or fresh red chilli to taste.
  • Add herbs - You can easily add in different fresh or dried herbs to change the flavour.
  • Don't overcook - Try not to cook canned beans for more than 5-6 minutes or they soften too much.
  • Dried or canned beans - Traditionally these beans are made from scratch using dried beans but for convenience I use canned.
  • Storage - Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for 2-3 days or can be frozen.
  • Servings - this recipe can easily be doubled for a larger serving.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 4mg