Herbed White Bean Puree

September/October 1994, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

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A velvety puree of white beans makes a fiber-rich alternative to mashed potatoes. Serve with lamb chops or steak.

"The consistency of the dish was good but it was missing something. I haven't been able to figure out what it is...maybe more garlic? Salt? I tried both and that wasn't it. "
Herbed White Bean Puree

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 3 large cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 15-1/2-ounce or 19-ounce cans cannellini beans, (white kidney beans), rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage, or 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Fill a large saucepan with cold water, add garlic and bring to a boil over high heat. Add beans and return to a boil. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, then drain the beans and garlic in a strainer or colander.
  2. Transfer the beans and garlic to a food processor. Add parsley, oil and sage. Process, adding some of the reserved cooking liquid if necessary, to make a thick puree. Season with salt and pepper.


Per serving: 285 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 31 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 9 g fiber; 603 mg sodium; 20 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (40% daily value), Folate (35% dv), Calcium (16% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2

Exchanges: 21/2 starch, 2 lean meat

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