Cannellini-Bean Pasta With Beurre Blanc Recipe (2024)



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Karolyn Schalk

Don't comment till you make it! Some stock will evaporate over a 20 minute simmer. The pasta absorbs enough of the stock that what's left once the beurre blanc is added is a lovely sauce. I threw a couple Parmesan rinds into the beans and stock (also used all sorts of hard cheese nibs from the fridge - Manchego, Romano and Parmesan and it was swell)


Seems like there may be a step or two missing here. The pasta cooks in 10 minutes in the simmering liquid? The beurre blanc gets added to the bean/pasta pot? No draining?


Why all of the skepticism for a recipe that was clearly tested? Anyway, the starch in the beans will thicken the stock and the stock is simmering/evaporating which will reduce the amount of liquid. The pasta will of course absorb stock and release it’s own starch that will thicken the stock further. And the additional 10 minutes of cooking the pasta will evaporate even more liquid. Take 3 cups of water and simmer it for 30 minutes. I think you will find that a lot of the water will evaporate!!


Half the comments are: this was too vinegary. This is because this recipe doesn’t give correct instructions for Beurre Blanc. First boil the vinegar, wine and shallots until most of the liquid has evaporated and reduced to about 1-2 tbsp. Remove from heat. Slowly whisk in butter, in small chunks, to emulsify the fat and vinegar into a creamy sauce. If it gets too hot it will break, and the fat will separate from the liquid. Google Julia Child’s Beurre Blanc for detailed instructions and ratios.


The longer story about the cookbook has more detail, which supports everything ending up in one pot without draining. It says the stock is reduced then emulsified.


Recipe fails to mention the Vinegar/Wine needs to reduce to almost a syrup before adding the butter. Huge diff.


I made the recipe pretty much as written. I let the beans and stock cook at a hard simmer for 15 min, let the pasta cook for 10 min, then mixed in the beurre blanc. The beans were whole, the sauce was thick, and it was delicious. I drizzled it with olive oil before serving with crusty bread and a green salad. I know what I’m going to do with leftovers - I’m going to have it for breakfast with a sunnyside up egg on top.


This was delicious, and I'll make it again. Next time I will simmer the beans for maybe 15 minutes, as they got a bit mushy after the pasta's 10 minutes.

Ellen Oliver

Beans and pasta are cooking in stock. Do not drain it.

David Griffiths

I made it yesterday with dried beans (even cheaper!) that had been soaked overnight and pre-cooked a bit.The beans break down as they simmer, and the dry pasta absorbs some of the liquid, so you end up with a thick mixture of bean and pasta. I added a handful of chopped chard and kale to add some color and a bit of fish sauce for umami.The picture that accompanies the recipe isn't accurate - Jack Morgan's website has an accurate photo.Very tasty especially with the beurre blanc.


Would love to make this but I have a question about the beurre blanc, which I've made before the traditional way--sometimes successfully. I don't see how you get a creamy beurre blanc by combining all ingredients at the outset and letting them simmer. Ordinarily, you reduce the vinegar/wine/shallot mixture until the liquid is evaporated and the shallots soft and begin adding bits of cold butter bit by bit, making sure not to overheat the mixture. Does this really make a sauce that doesn't break?


make it as specified, the 3 cups of liquid will slowly be absorbed by the pasta over 10 minutes. do not drain.


I added some cubed pancetta to the beans and stock about five minutes after it begun to cook and loved it.Just a thought :)


Patience is a virtue, in the kitchen as in life. If your beurre blanc tasted too vinegary, you likely didn't give it enough time to reduce to a savory syrup. If your pasta was more like soup, you likely didn't give it enough time to absorb all the liquid--which will happen, if you cook it long enough. We arr always in such a hurry ... sometimes we need to let cooking remind us that care and patience are more important than speed.


I made this tonight. I followed recipe and it was absolutely amazing.


Apparently this is a flexible dish. I made this with several substitutions based on what was in my pantry and still delicious. Oh, I had never made the sauce before, mostly followed directions in the comments but substituted basalmic vinegar( what I had on hand). I don’t think I did it right but was good. Also tossed in some chopped spinach at the end. Will make again.

Vicky Jones

Delicious, easy, quick and all ingredients were on hand

Jo B

Made many times.I added sausage and spinach.Used ditalini.


This isn’t at all a beurre blanc. Wrong ratios, wrong technique, all wrong.

Silvia Rennie

I added a bit too much pasta so the exquisite flavor got a bit diluted. Even so it was, as I said, exquisite. No steps missing, and it was easy.

Jay Clayton

I'm not much of a cook. Tried this once because it looked simple. It was. Better, my wife keeps asking for this. Over 2 years I've obliged a dozen times and still counting.

John V

I’ve made this a handful of times and it is easy and delicious. The vinegar and shallots give it some bite and class. This time I used small bow-ties which will become my usual. 3 cups of stock seems like a lot, but it isn’t. It will be absorbed. Be patient.


A staple on constant rotation in my family, easy to make, full of protein. I reduce the viengar by half, and add the butter at the last minute.

BTY in Sparta NJ

Simple and delicious!


Made this last week, and it was a huge success. But now I’d like to do a dairy-free version. Any good substitutes for butter? Does olive oil work?


I've made this many, many times. So versatile. Sometimes I add a little more liquid if I'm in the mood for soup. A little less if I want a more stew-like consistency. Great with some spinach or kale. Delicious with a hot sausage link or or a leftover chicken thigh sitting on top. This is a keeper.


Precook pasta for a bit


I really think that I made this correctly, with the additional simmering time suggested in the comments. It was vinegary, pasta water soup.


Suggestion: Click on the link above and read “ How Do You Make Canned Beans Taste Luxurious? Beurre Blanc.” It lends this elemental recipe some some worthwhile context and explains the streamlined beurre blanc prep. I finally got around to trying it last night and was amazed at how good something this modest could be. Like alchemy.


Combine wine vinegar and shallots, reduce and then add butter

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Cannellini-Bean Pasta With Beurre Blanc Recipe (2024)


Do you have to soak cannellini beans before cooking? ›

How to prepare cannellini beans. Canned beans just need to be drained and rinsed, then they're ready to use. For dried beans, soak them in lots of cold water for a minimum of 5 hours (they'll expand, so make sure your bowl is big).

What's healthier butter beans or cannellini beans? ›

Nutritionally, both butter and cannellini beans are high in protein and fiber and have very similar nutritional profiles. The only noticeable difference is that butter beans contain a small amount of fat while cannellini beans have none.

Are butter and cannellini beans the same? ›

No they aren't. Butter beans are lima beans AKA sieva beans or madagascar beans. Cannellini beans are white kidney beans. If you are asking because you need to substitute, you can use regular kidney beans if the recipe wants cannellini.

Can you overcook cannellini beans? ›

Overcooked beans are perfectly safe to eat, but while they may be edible, they'll be less pleasant to consume. Signs that your beans are overcooked include them being very soft and mushy. Tender beans are ideal, but if they lack firmness and don't keep their shape, they have probably simmered for too long.

What happens if you don't pre soak beans? ›

Modern cooking websites often say it doesn't matter. In a way, they're both right. Soaking beans can help improve the texture of the final product once the beans are cooked and reduce the gas produced when the food is being digested. But it isn't necessary to soak them.

What happens if you cook beans without soaking? ›

But, then I learned something astonishing: You can actually skip soaking beans over night, and actually you should. Not only does it shorten the amount of time until you have ready-to-eat beans, it also produces a more flavorful end result.

Are cannellini beans anti-inflammatory? ›

Low-calorie, nutrient-dense cannellini beans and other legumes are packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties and have even been found to help people with diabetes (about half of whom also have arthritis).

Are cannellini beans good for your kidneys? ›

Recent research shows the benefits of plant-based foods in the kidney diet. Beans are great for people with kidney disease to enjoy.

Are cannellini beans good for gut health? ›

Regular consumption of these beans can promote digestive health, help manage blood sugar and blood pressure levels, aid weight management and even help prevent certain diseases. While generally safe for consumption, they may trigger allergies in some individuals, and overeating can result in adverse effects.

What is the English name for cannellini beans? ›

Both cannellini beans—also known as white kidney beans—and great northern beans are small- to medium-size white beans that are widely available in the U.S. in cans and dried. Both types of bean also originated and were cultivated in the area that is now South America and are part of the Phaseolus vulgaris species.

Which white beans are the healthiest? ›

All beans are rich in fiber, but the top-ranking variety is the navy bean, allegedly named for its popularity in the U.S. Navy in the early 20th century. These pea-sized, cream-colored beans provide 10 grams of fiber per half-cup serving.

What is the toxin in beans? ›

According to the Food and Drug Administration's Bad Bug Book, dried red kidney beans and cannellini beans contain toxic levels of lectin—proteins that bind to carbohydrates—and can cause vomiting, diarrhea and gastrointestinal illness for several hours when not cooked properly.

Can you eat cannellini beans straight from the can? ›

You're fine. Absolutely! The canning process cooks the beans so anything you get in a can is already “cooked”.

How can I make my beans more flavorful? ›

In addition to the usual things like garlic, onion, celery and peppers, a few unexpected additions will add a bit of flavor. Seasonings, such as chili powder (I like ancho which adds flavor more than heat.) And as most always, salt is essential. Fresh pepper is always welcome.

Why do you soak cannellini beans? ›

The idea behind soaking dried beans is that it makes the beans cook more quickly and evenly. It's also been posited that soaking beans breaks down some of their complex sugars, making them easier to digest. Because every stomach is different, we didn't test for digestibility.

How do you quickly soak cannellini beans? ›

Quick Soak: This is the fastest method. In a large pot, add 6 cups of water for each pound (2 cups) of dry beans. Heat to boiling; boil for 2–3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and soak for at least 1 hour.

Do canned cannellini beans need to be rinsed? ›

In order to properly reduce the sodium from canned beans, it is important to rinse them correctly. "Draining and rinsing canned beans can reduce their sodium content by more than 40 percent. But taking just a few extra minutes is key to getting the most benefit," The Bean Institute website states.

How do you quickly soak dried cannellini beans? ›

5 Easy Steps for Quick-Soaking Beans
  1. Pick over the beans to remove any things hanging out with them that aren't beans (i.e. pebbles). ...
  2. Put the rinsed, drained beans in a large pot and cover them with cool water. ...
  3. Bring the beans and water almost to a boil. ...
  4. Let the pot sit, covered, for 1 hour.
Jan 13, 2020

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