Cannellini Beans are white kidney beans with a mild, nutty flavor and smooth, tender texture. They are extremely popular in Italian cuisine. Also known as "Italian white kidney beans" they resemble kidney beans in size and shape, but are creamy off-white in color.
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Carefully sort beans and rinse thoroughly. Soak beans overnight. Rinse and place in a large pot and cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil for 10 minutes, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 to 1-1/2 hours until tender.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
Cannellini beans are white kidney beans, also known as Italian white kidney beans. They are medium sized—about 1/2 inch long-and kidney-shaped, with a tough seed coat. This specific variety is prevalent in Italian cuisine, appearing in dishes such as minestrone, pasta e fagioli soup and the common stewed bean side dish with garlic and rosemary.
This bean was initially cultivated in Argentina by Italian immigrants and was later taken back to Italy, where they are now grown commercially. Cannellini beans are members of the larger family of legumes, plants used for their edible seeds and pods that boast a high nutrient density with low-maintenance production and storage. They contain high levels of protein, essential minerals and fiber while maintaining a low level of fats.
White Bean and Goat Cheese Spread
This creamy spread takes advantage of the smooth texture of our Cannellini Beans paired with fresh goat cheese. It's great served spread on freshly toasted (or better yet, freshly grilled) slices of a hearty sourdough or whole grain bread.