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

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 178
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 5.6g
  • Saturated fat: 0.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 8.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 25g
  • Fiber: 5.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 593mg
  • Calcium: 61mg

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. 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.
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