Sauteed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes

white beans with garlic, tomatoes and sage recipe

Sauteed white beans with garlic, sage and tomatoes is a really wonderful side dish to so many main dishes, including Mediterranean Tuna Steaks.   Soak your white beans (such as Cannellini or Great Northern), or in a pinch, use canned, and this dish comes together quickly and beautifully.  Can be made a few hours before serving, too.  Just simply re-heat before serving.  These are so good, they taste wonderful at room temperature, as well!

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Sauteed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes
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Sauteed white beans with garlic, sage and tomatoes are the perfect side dish. They are so layered with wonderful flavors from the garlic to the sage, and of course the simmered tomatoes.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 - 6
  • 1 cup of dried white beans (such as cannellini or Great White Northern), or 28 oz can
  • ¼ cup of good-quality olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • Kosher (or Sea) salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Cover the beans with water in a large pot, overnight.
  2. Bring to a boil, and cook for 2 hours.
  3. Drain the beans, reserving the liquid.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil.
  5. Add the garlic and sage and saute until the garlic is lightly golden, about 1 minutes.
  6. Add the beans and tomato and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Simmer, stirring occasionally, to blend the flavors, about 20 minutes, adding a little of the reserved liquid if the beans become too dry.
  8. Taste, and season with more salt and pepper, if necessary.
  9. Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot or at room temperature.



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