Sauteed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes

Sautéed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes is a recipe that you’ll come back to time and time again.

It is such a wonderful side dish to so many main courses, but it’s so delicious on its own, you could easily make a meal out of it with a nice loaf of crusty Italian bread, a leafy green salad, and a glass of wine.

Now we’re talking!

Sautéed white beans with garlic and sage in a large skillet with wooden spoon

HOW TO PREPARE SAUTÉED WHITE BEANS WITH GARLIC, SAGE AND TOMATOES

You can easily skip soaking the beans overnight and use canned beans to save time. Or, you can soak overnight. Either way is great!

Watch us show you how simple it is to make this amazing Sautéed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes:

The garlic and sage really bring this dish to life.

Be sure to sauté the garlic until it’s a golden brown. But don’t let it burn!

You will love the way your kitchen smells when cooking Sautéed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes

Garlic and sage sautéing in a skillet for sautéed white beans with garlic and sage

WHITE WINE DEEPENS THE FLAVORS EVEN MORE

And of course cooking with a nice dry white wine enriches the flavor even more.

Pour only a quarter cup into the sauce pan, and then pour a nice glass for yourself.  You deserve it..you’re making something spectacular!

The flavors of this Sautéed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes are quintessential Italian.

White wine pouring into a pan of sautéed white beans and sage

I absolutely love using certified canned whole San Marzano.

These tomatoes come from the rich soil at the foot of Mount Vesuvius in Italy and they are canned at the height of their season. Read more about them here.

Legend has it that the tomatoes are best when squeezed into the skillet with your hands.  Why take a chance? Squeeze away! And it’s kind of fun!.

San Marzano tomatoes being hand squeezed into sautéed white beans with sage and garlic

SAUTÉED WHITE BEANS WITH GARLIC, SAGE AND TOMATOES MAKE AN IDEAL SIDE DISH

Not many recipes are this easy to prepare that still produce such flavorful and amazing results.

I get hungry every time I think about this dish.

Within no time, I’m running to the pantry to get the simple ingredients. This is definitely one of the Loon’s favorite dishes.

Wooden spoon full of sautéed white beans with garlic, sage and tomatoes

There is something so soothing about beans and tomatoes simmering on a stove.

Steeped in history and layered in flavor and texture.

This is the good stuff.

Sautéed white beans with garlic, sage and tomatoes in a skillet

AN INTERESTING HISTORY OF BEANS AND BEAN RECIPES

We just love beans of all kinds. But there is something about cannelloni beans that seem extra delicious to us.

I know the history of beans doesn’t really sound fascinating, but actually it is. Read this interesting A Selective History of Beans article from Republic of Beans.

As mentioned, this Sautéed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes recipe is the perfect side dish for so many wonderful main courses, such as our Mediterranean Tuna Steaks.

If this doesn’t make your stomach growl, well…I don’t know what to say to that.  Because this is one of those dishes that actually tastes even better than it looks.  And it is a gorgeous plate of yumminess!

Sautéed white beans with garlic, sage and tomatoes in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

Sautéed white beans with garlic, sage and tomatoes

Sautéed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cannellini beans
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 162 kcal
Author: Kris Longwell

This Sautéed White Beans with Garlic, Sage and Tomatoes couldn't be easier to prepare, but is so full of robust flavor, you won't believe how quickly you'll be getting this to your table.  Simple ingredients and wonderful flavors.  It is wonderful served warm or at room temperature. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried cannellini beans (or two 15.5 oz. cans, drained)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced about 2 tbsp
  • 4 fresh sage leaves, chopped about 1 tbsp
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes drained
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cover the beans with water in a large pot and let soak overnight (if using drained canned beans, skip to step 3)

  2. Drain beans and re-fill with fresh water in same pot.  Bring to a boil and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until beans are soft. Drains beans, reserving about 1 cup of liquid.

  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil.

  4. Add the garlic and sage and cook until lightly golden, about 2 minutes.

  5. Add the wine and cook until nearly evaporated, about 3 minutes. 

  6. Add the beans and the squeeze the tomatoes into the beans with your hands.  Season with a healthy pinch of salt and pepper.  Simmer for 15 minutes, adding reserved liquid if becoming dry.

  7. Transfer to serving bowl and serve at once, or serve at room temperature. 

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14 Comments

    • Thank you, Kelly!! We are so happy you enjoyed this recipe. We really love it so much, too. And thank you very much for letting us know. We REALLY appreciate it. Please stay in touch. All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • I’m thinking of doubling the recipe and adding some fresh spinach and serving in a bowl with brown rice! I’m doing this tomorrow. I love all forms of protein and this light recipe has me swooning!

  • My grandmother used to prepare this recipe as my after school snack, sans wine. She would sometimes add some bitter greens, fresh from her garden. And she would ladle it over a slice of her homemade bread. All the other kids got sugary treats, but I believe she put me on the path to healthy eating. Love you guys!

    • Thank you so much, Marie!! Nothing better than grandma’s cooking, right? And the addition of farm-fresh greens, all ladled over homemade bread. Wow!! Sounds divine. Thanks so much for sharing. We love you, too!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • I try to eat lots of beans since they’re so healthy, but I don’t love them. However, you made me CRAVE them with this recipe! Thank you.

  • This was delicious! I just moved to Italy and bought white beans at the farmers market, hoping I could figure out what to do with them. Its rare I like my own cooking, big Brav-o!
    Grazie!

    • Thank you, Jodi!! Living in Italy! We are JEALOUS! I bet it’s just amazing. And the food!! So glad you had success with this recipe. It’s one of our favorites, for sure. Grazie for letting us know and please stay in touch! Ciao!! Kris & Wesley

  • Oh my goodness, this was delicious! Even my bean phobic friend liked it. I paired it with pork chops w/onions and apple and wilted spinach. Great dinner combo.
    Thanks!

    • That’s so great to hear, Sarah! Thanks so much for letting us know. We love it, too. Comforting and delicious! Sounds like an AMAZING meal you served!! Thanks again, Kris & Wesley xoxo

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