Sometimes it’s not so easy convincing your omnivores to try a meatless meal.
And that’s why you need a dish like this Lemony Potatoes and Cannellini Beans.
It’s simple, and there’s no sprouts or eye-rolling.
The large white cannellini beans are smooth and mild-tasting. They are cooked with potatoes in a lemony broth flavored with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano and rosemary.
It’s like a mini Mediterranean holiday.
Imagine yourself gazing out over an azure bay as the skreel of soaring gulls punctuates your reverie.
If you can’t find cannellini beans, don’t worry. You are on vacation.
Substitute Great Northerns, white navy beans or any other large white beans and the dish will work out fine.
- 1 tablespoon / 15 ml olive oil
- 1 large onion, roughly chopped (about 1-1/2 cups / 375 ml)
- 4 cloves garlic, sliced
- 6 medium-sized potatoes (about 7 cups / 1.75 liters), cut into 1-inch / 5 cm chunks
- 2 cups / 500 ml cannellini beans (or 1 14 oz / 398 ml can)
- 2 cups / 500 ml sliced cabbage or kale (see * in recipe instructions)
- ½ cup / 125 ml lemon juice
- 1 cup / 250 ml vegetable stock
- ¼ cup / 60 ml fresh chopped parsley
- 2 teaspoons / 10 ml dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon / 5 ml dried rosemary
- 12 kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
- ¼ cup / 60 ml sliced sundried tomatoes
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Heat a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat.
- When pan is hot, add oil and swirl to coat bottom of pan. Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes longer. Do not let the onions and garlic brown. If they start to brown, turn down the heat in the pan.
- Add potatoes, beans and cabbage and toss gently with onions. (*If you are using kale, do not add until after the dish has simmered for 15 minutes or the kale will get overcooked.) Add lemon juice, stock, parsley, oregano, rosemary, olives and sundried tomatoes and pepper and heat mixture to boiling point. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover pot.
- Simmer covered for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are tender.Stir occasionally to make sure vegetables are not sticking. If there is still a lot of liquid in the pot when potatoes are done, remove the cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes to reduce some of the liquid.
- Serve hot.