Since there are so few ingredients in this simple salad, you'll want to use really good canned beans; lower-quality beans are mushy. Among the many fine brands, we find Goya to be consistently reliable.
White-Bean and Prosciutto Bruschetta
Strips of prosciutto top each toast and are topped in turn with a mound of creamy white beans and sprinkling of crisp red onion. If you like, serve these with the Bruschetta Duet to make a tantalizing trio.
Cannellini and Escarole Soup with Garlic Oil
A great pairing for this dish would be either a Long Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc or a Silverado Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc.
Warm Spinach Salad with Cannellini Beans and Shrimp
The combination of sweet shrimp and meaty little cannellini beans here transforms a simple warm spinach salad.
White Bean Huevos Rancheros
This is a lighter take on classic huevos rancheros, which can include plenty of refried black beans. In his version, Neal Fraser uses simmered whole white beans; here, the beans are mashed with ham to form the base of the dish, then piled with corn tortillas, fried eggs and queso fresco before broiling. A warm tomato salsa tops it all off.
Black Bean Soup with Crispy Tortillas
This ultrasimple soup requires little more than a couple of cans of black beans, some onion and a bit of cumin. A topping of fried tortillas or store-bought chips adds crunch.
Butter Bean, Tuna and Celery Salad
Big, creamy butter beans give a tuna and celery salad terrific heartiness. The salad would also be delicious spooned over slices of warm grilled country bread.
Minestrone with Black-Eyed Peas and Kidney Beans
The fiber-rich beans in this soup make it satisfying enough to be a main course. This version gets an extra healthy boost from cabbage, a completely underrated vegetable that's loaded with fiber as well as vitamins A and C.
You'll get a clear taste of cumin in this great cold-weather chili made with ground beef, beans, and green bell pepper. If you want a hotter chili, add as much cayenne as you like.
White Bean and Chicken Soup
By using chicken thighs instead of breasts, F&W's Melissa Rubel gives this hearty, jalapeño-spiked soup ultrarich flavor.
Littleneck Clam Soup with Butter Beans and Saffron
If you prefer to add the clams without their shells and want to avoid the cumbersome process of shucking them raw, steam them in an inch of water or white wine. Remove the clams from their shells, and add them to the soup with their steaming liquid.
Grilled Squid Salad with Celery Leaf Pesto
Melissa Kelly's inspiration for this salad is a dish she ate in Santa Margherita, on the Ligurian Coast of Italy. It includes butter beans; they're a terrific source of potassium, iron, copper and manganese and rich in soluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol.
White Bean and Ham Soup
When Grace Parisi was growing up, her mother made white bean and escarole soup every Friday. To transform the soup into a main course, Parisi substitutes ham and spiced croutons for the greens.