White Bean Dip with Herbs


This simple, elegant white bean dip is equally wonderful as a party hors d'oeuvre as it is an afternoon snack, and it takes only 10 minutes to whip up.

White Bean Dip with Herbs
Photo: © Tina Rupp
Total Time:
10 mins
3 cups

Drizzle the finished dip with your most flavorful olive oil for the ultimate appetizer.


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 3 garlic cloves, very finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped sage

  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary

  • 2 1/2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • Kosher salt

  • Cayenne pepper

  • Pita chips, for serving


  1. In a medium skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the garlic, sage, and rosemary; cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until fragrant and the garlic is just beginning to brown, about 1 minute. Add the beans and toss to coat.

  2. Transfer the cannellini beans to a food processor. Add the water, season with salt and cayenne, and process to a fairly smooth puree. Transfer the dip to a small serving bowl, drizzle the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil on top, and serve with pita chips.


Drizzling a high-quality olive oil over this dip will add depth and complexity, but stick with a less-expensive supermarket brand when sautéing the garlic and herbs in Step 1.

Any canned white beans can be used in place of the cannellini.

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