cannellini bean dip

cannellini beans, you have found your destiny ::::

Cannellini Bean Dip

I was aghast to find that the rosemary bush at the end of our parking lot was suddenly much, much smaller. Pruned. Trimmed. Standing practically naked, shivering. Who would do such a thing?

I noted the gardeners rifling through other flora, vigorously plucking weeds, tearing roots up from the soil.

“You’re not going to tear down the rosemary bush, are you?” I asked one of them.

First a blank stare. Then words from his gaping maw. “Uh, I don’t think so,” came the glazed reply. Clearly, not a decision maker in the process. Then a quiet mumbling afterthought from the same guy, “Yeah, I don’t think so….” as if he was searching great lengths of his mind for some indication that perhaps someone did tell him to chop the bush down. Then he went back to work, shimmying a little dance to the sound of tinny music coming from the radio nearby.

I’m a rosemary addict, no apologies. That’s why this offense was so, well, offensive. With the piney sweetness, her hearty leaves, she can be the force of a dish, one that pushes it into another echelon of flavor. You think you’ve heard this before? You’re right. Why would someone want to destroy that?

When I first tried this recipe, I did it for the beans. It was my attempt as a poor student to eat some protein without cooking meat. I did not anticipate how wonderfully the flavors would combine and make the dish so much more. It was then that I realized how appallingly underrated rosemary had been in my kitchen. Enough to make me cry. It’s not just a weak, wilty leaf of herb. It doesn’t get bruised with the slightest smash of a spoon. It stands up to other flavors. It holds its own. It can also be used as a fragrance, diuretic, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, and causes one to dance.

Wait. What? Dance?? 

Exactly. You’ll be dancing too. Maybe that’s what the gardener was doing: stealing all that rosemary for himself and doing a happy dance.


cannellini bean dip
Recipe type: appetizer
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • cayenne to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) artichoke hearts, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) Cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped finely
  1. Process all ingredients in blender or food processor and serve with pita chips, crusty bread, or any good quality cracker. Crostini is divine. Makes approximately 2 cups (about 480 ml).



  • Nicole May 2, 2011 Reply

    I just soaked and cooked a whole pound of dried white beans yesterday. I was just thinking about making some dip to use up some of them. If I can find fresh rosemary I might have to try this one. Thanks for the great timing and delicious looking recipe.

  • Story May 2, 2011 Reply

    Nicole – I actually make this fairly frequently (and end up eating most of it myself because it's so good). If using dried, soaked beans, I'd probably add more salt.

  • Dawn D'Orazio May 2, 2011 Reply

    You are some timely! Pantry is holding a can of cannellini and my mil just brought us back a whole jar of rosemary from her niece's garden in Italy. I've been wondering what I'm going to do with both of them.

  • Story May 2, 2011 Reply

    Dawn – It's so easy. It'll be tasty with the great rosemary you have!

  • sophia May 3, 2011 Reply

    I'm dancing with impatience that I can't eat that right NOW. It looks wonderful. I'd love that in a grilled panini!

  • Story May 3, 2011 Reply

    Sophia – excellent idea!

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