Saturday, February 4, 2012

White Bean Puree

February is Bean Month!

The BF, his brother and I all went to a restaurant in Portland called Aquariva. It's a great (albeit pricey) Italian restaurant down on the waterfront. With their basket of bread they served a white paste which was delightful. I asked what it was and was given a vague answer of white beans and olive oil.

Beans have always scared me and I've never really given them a chance. However, they've recently been creeping in to meals. I thought maybe there's something to this magical/musical fruit. However, I'll not only try those types of beans, but green beans as well to make this more definitively a vegetable. 

To start on February 1st I made my own version of a White Bean Puree. 

I started with the following ingredients:

White Beans, Olive Oil, Garlic, Grated Parmesan, Salt and Pepper

I basically just started throwing stuff in the food processor and seeing how it tasted. 

The above is what came out. This is roughly what I threw in:

One can of white beans 
3 tbs of olive oil
2 tsp of minced garlic
3 tsp of parmesan cheese
dash of salt and pepper

It turned out great and the BF loved it too. Will probably make another batch to take to a Superbowl Party. We served it with a sliced baguette.

Happy Bean Pureeing!


  1. Leah, that looks amazing! Love it! One of these days when I have some time, I need to try this!

    1. It was very good Brandy! Have you had a chance to make it? If so, what did you choose to put it on? I'm looking for ideas!

  2. Good gracious, that sounds incredible! Thanks for the suggestion! Love the blog, Leah!

    1. Glad you like it! Hope you've tried a recipe or two. I'm lovin it!

  3. OK - I'm taking a trip back in time here - but I finally made this and just love it! I don't have any parm left, but I read online to add a little lemon juice and roast garlic....yum! Turned out great! Thanks for the idea!

    1. Glad you like it Brandy! It's a good one and pretty easy!


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