Creamy Tuscan White Bean Skillet: A Rustic Italian Feast


Embark on a culinary journey to the heart of Italy with this Creamy Tuscan White Bean Skillet. This dish captures the essence of Tuscan cuisine, blending creamy white beans with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and aromatic herbs in a rich, flavorful sauce. It's a simple yet luxurious meal that brings the rustic charm and warmth of Tuscany to your dinner table. Perfect for cozy evenings or when you crave a touch of Italian elegance, this skillet is sure to satisfy both your palate and soul.

Creamy Tuscan White Bean Skillet: A Rustic Italian Feast

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1/4 of the skillet

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 320
  • Protein: 15g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 620mg


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) white beans (such as cannellini or great northern), rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic and Italian seasoning, cooking for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, white beans, and vegetable broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low and stir in the spinach until wilted.
  5. Pour in the heavy cream, stirring to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer for another 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  6. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve with grated Parmesan cheese on the side.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a vegan version, substitute the heavy cream with coconut milk and omit the Parmesan cheese or use a vegan alternative.
  • To enhance the flavors, consider adding a splash of white wine to the skillet before adding the vegetable broth.
  • The dish can be thickened further by mashing some of the beans before adding the cream.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use dried beans instead of canned?

Yes, but they need to be soaked overnight and cooked until tender before using in this recipe.

How can I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave, adding a little broth or water if necessary.

Is this dish gluten-free?

Yes, this dish is naturally gluten-free. Ensure all ingredients, such as broth and cream, are gluten-free.

Let the Creamy Tuscan White Bean Skillet transport you to the rolling hills and vibrant fields of Tuscany with every spoonful. This dish is not just a meal; it's an experience—a celebration of simple, nourishing ingredients brought together with love and care. Here's to creating memorable moments around the dinner table, one rustic Italian feast at a time.