Rustic White Beans and Mushrooms

Ohhhhh, yes please.  This is one of those dishes that you can make all year round, but it’s particularly satisfying in fall.  The creamy white bean and the caramelized onions and savory mushrooms come together to create an earthy, heavenly, mish-mosh of flavors and textures.  Paired with some whole-grain bread (or Ezekiel English muffins, as I did here ’cause I’m lazy), it’s a perfect dish to throw together and make you feel like life is worth living even on a rainy Monday.  I promise.  And you know I don’t make promises I can’t keep.

Rustic White Beans and Mushrooms

1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large leek, sliced thin
1 package gourmet mix mushrooms (or shiitakes)
kosher salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste

  • Warm the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add the chopped leeks and saute gently until soft.  Remove from pan and reserve.
  • In the same pan, saute the mushrooms until they are golden and caramelized, 10-12 minutes.  Keep them moving and add more olive oil if necessary (but only if necessary).
  • When the mushrooms are caramelized, add the leeks back and pour in the beans.  Mix well, season with the salt, pepper, and dried herbs, and warm the beans through.  Serve over whole grain bread or pasta.

Source: Adapted from Veganomicon, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

13 thoughts on “Rustic White Beans and Mushrooms

    • I meant every word of it. =)

      Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m glad you think this recipe looks good. Let me know if you make it!

    • I’m all for people eating more beans! I eat beans just about every day. My personal goal is to get better about eating dried beans. Every weekend I promise I am going to cook up a big batch of dried beans and use them all week, and it never happens. Maybe this weekend… but you can’t beat canned beans for cheap, convenient protein!

    • Thanks! This is a great weeknight dish, I’ve found. Fast to put together and there’s nothing that gives better flavor than sauteed mushrooms, in my humble opinion. Sometimes a girl needs some flavor!

    • Thanks for the compliment! I’m sure your sandwich is great. =) However, the leftovers from this dinner made a great addition to my spinach salad the next day!

  1. Yumm… I definitely have printed this out and will be trying this in the coming weeks. This sounds sooo good that I’m craving it now even though it’s only 8:30 in the morning!

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