Italian White Beans

"As a working mother and vegetarian, I'm always experimenting with quick, healthy meals. My husband is especially fond of this dish, which I based loosely on a fat-laden bacon and white bean dish in an old Italian cookbook. I serve it over soft polenta with Parmesan." CL Reader


4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 178
Caloriesfromfat 28 %
Fat 5.6 g
Satfat 0.8 g
Monofat 3.8 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 8.1 g
Carbohydrate 25 g
Fiber 5.9 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 593 mg
Calcium 61 mg


1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon water
1 (16-ounce) can Great Northern or navy beans, rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper


Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add red pepper, garlic, and bay leaf; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in water and beans. Cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Stir in vinegar, salt, and black pepper. Discard bay leaf.

June 2002
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