Posted by: Hil | September 30, 2008

White Beans with Puttanesca Sauce


Credit goes to Blueberry Mom for thinking up this fun variant on pasta puttanesca.  Instead of putting the sauce over pasta, try putting it over a scoop of warm white beans and a bed of wilted spinach dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.  This proved to be a delicious way to use up my leftover puttanesca sauce from a few nights ago.  The beans were meatier and heartier and more filling than pasta, so the dish was extremely satisfying.  As an added bonus, since I had the sauce already made, this dinner required almost no prep time…a great weeknight dinner.

ETA:  Here is the puttanesca sauce recipe that I posted previously.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can of crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 can of albacore tuna
  • 2 tsp capers
  • A squirt of anchovy paste
  • Parsley and basil (fresh is better, but dried also works)
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt (optional)

That looks like a lot of ingredients, but almost all of them are things that I have in my pantry at all times anyway.  To make the sauce, just soften the onion and bell pepper in olive oil, then add the tomato, garlic, anchovy paste and herbs, if you’re using dried.  When the tomato juices have reduced a bit and the sauce is thickened, add the tuna and capers.  (The Lemonator won’t let me add olives, but if you like, you can also add some pitted, halved, kalamata olives at this stage, too.)  If you’re using fresh herbs, chop them up and add them now.  Taste and adjust the seasonings as you like.  If you like, add some salt to taste, but with all of the salty ingredients in the sauce, you may find that you don’t need it.  This makes 3-4 servings of sauce.



  1. great idea!

  2. Love that dish that Blueberry Mom came up with!!

  3. my latest white bean idea is mixing them with my homemade coleslaw for a delicious one-dish lunch, but I don’t expect this idea to be featured on anybody’s blog anytime soon!

  4. I love chick peas with tomato sauce! I thought I was the only one. 🙂

    Also, I enjoyed reading about your sister yesterday. What a completely refreshing view on food.

  5. What a hearty and satisfying meal!

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