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The Best Vegan Cannellini Beans Recipe (Aka Pizza Beans)

This vegan cannellini beans recipe is one we make every week. With a combination of white beans, tomatoes, veggies and pizza spices, it’s earned its recognized name as Pizza Beans!

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White beans and tomatoes are delicious together and make for a 10 minute, no brainer thursday night dinner idea. Let’s start there.

We mix cannellini beans often as a base for easy skillet meals and recipes and that’s how we came up with pizza beans.

If you’re not following me with pizza beans, they are just how they sound.

Beans that have a pizza flavor to them – thanks to the garlic, onion, italian seasoning and marinara sauce. A match made in heaven.

I’m sure you’ve had a pasta with cannellini beans before, or something of the like. This vegan cannellini beans recipe takes the cake for the easiest, though. 

vegan cannellini beans in skillet with wooden mixing spoon, and served in white serving bowl

Pasta with white beans and tomatoes is also delicious, but have you tried a good crusty bread with tomatoes and white beans? It’s mind blowing.

I’m going to teach you the tastiest, easiest recipe for combining all of the above and it will be a weekly pantry staple for you.

Plus, it’s a delicious vegetarian recipe with cannellini beans and makes for the best cheap meal for college students.

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skillet with canned tomatoes being stirred with wooden spoon

Ingredients For Vegan Cannellini Beans

We love skillet recipes (like this turkey taco quinoa skillet), but this one tops the cake for being the simplest ever.

Here’s what you need.

  • cannellini beans
  • canned tomatoes
  • sundried tomatoes (optional)
  • onion
  • garlic
  • crusty bread
  • your favorite pizza spices! I usually stick with oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  • cheese (if not vegan)
ingredients in small white bowls to make pizza bean skillet

Optional Ingredients:

  • A cannellini beans substitute could be white northern beans. You could even try garbanzo beans, though they are a little more dry.
  • spinach or arugula
  • chopped bacon or meat of choice
  • mushrooms
  • red pepper flakes
skillet with white northern beans, canned tomatoes and wooden spoon to stir

The best part about these pizza beans is how excited my toddler gets about them. When she smells the pizza flavor and sees the crusty bread, she yells “PIZZA BEANS!”

Food has been hit or miss with our almost-three-year-old. I guess that’s “normal” behavior for toddlers. 

One day they like something, the next they don’t. So, when she approves, it’s extra special. 

Please don’t try to skip the french bread, sourdough bread or any crusty bread for this skillet bean recipe. It’s necessary. It’s how you soak up all of these delicious flavors.

I guess you could use rice or quinoa or another grain as your carb, but it wouldn’t be the same.

skillet with cannellini beans, tomatoes and herbs

How to Make A Cannellini Bean Recipe Vegetarian

If you’re seeking a vegan cannellini bean recipe, this is perfect. You, of course, can always add cheese on top for more of a pizza feel, and it will still be vegetarian.

I’m a cheese lover, but I honestly don’t think you need it.

Start by sauteing your onions with some olive oil. If you want to add peppers or other veggies, throw those in.

Next, add in your cannellini beans. I prefer to use canned but if you use dried just make sure they have soaked adequately.

Lastly, add in your canned tomatoes and spices. Let everything cook through and sit for a few minutes to soak up all the flavors.

Cannellini Bean Skillet Recipe served in white bowl with bread with person holding bowl

What To Serve Pizza Beans With

Like I said, I prefer a good crusty bread that you can dip into the bean recipe or top your bread with. It’s actually quite filling as a meal.

If you don’t like bread, you can always serve with rice, quinoa or your favorite grain. I find that having another carbohydrate source makes it much more satisfying.

I think all of your guests will be very impressed with this easy, yet tasty recipe.

A good side to this vegan white bean recipe would be a side arugula salad, or even this butternut squash beet salad.

If you’re looking for a lighter side, this Mexican Street Corn Dip. Another vehicle to soak up flavor with the bread. 

Other Quick Plant Based Dinner Ideas:

Cannellini Bean Skillet Recipe served in white bowl with bread with person holding bowl
Yield: 4- servings

The Best Vegan Cannellini Beans

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This white bean skillet recipe boasts a combination of white beans, tomatoes, veggies and pizza spices giving it a true flavor like its name, Pizza Beans! It's a delicious vegan cannellini bean recipe.


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 2 cans canned tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • basil, to garnish
  • Italian bread


  1. In a pan or skillet over medium-high heat, saute onion in olive oil or butter. Add in garlic cloves.
  2. Add in any other veggies desired.
  3. To the skillet, add cannellini beans and canned diced tomatoes. Stir and lower heat to low to medium.
  4. Add in spices and continue to stir periodically.
  5. Serve with garlic bread or a good crusty bread!


Optional ingredients and toppings - peppers, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, red pepper flakes, cheese; whatever you would add to pizza!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 330mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 10gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g

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