Tuscan White Bean Spread

November/December 1994

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Peppery greens and garlic enliven a creamy white bean puree; serve with crostini or breadsticks, strips of red bell pepper and black and green olives.

Tuscan White Bean Spread

Makes: About 1 1/2 cups

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  • 1 16-ounce can white beans, such as Great Northern or cannellini, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped arugula, or watercress
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Combine beans, oil, thyme, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Transfer the bean puree to a small bowl. Stir in arugula or watercress. Season with salt and pepper.


Per tablespoon: 20 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 44 mg sodium; 41 mg potassium.

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