Simple and delicious Tuscan White Bean Tomato Toasts. Creamy white beans, bursting cherry tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic, served over toasted bread. A fast and easy, filling vegetarian recipe that’s great for easy, healthy, and budget friendly lunches and dinners!
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Tuscan White Bean Tomato Toasts

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Simple, delicious Tuscan White Bean Toast. Ready in 20 minutes! Toasted bread topped with creamy Italian white beans, burst cherry tomatoes, and garlic.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of thick, good quality whole wheat bread
  • 3 tablespoons plus 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small shallot — finely chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes — (2 cups, left whole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 15-ounce can reduced sodium white (cannellini) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan — plus additional to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the bread in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush each side with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Bake for 5 minutes, then flip the slices and return to the oven. Continue baking until the bread is nicely toasted, about 5 additional minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Let cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes break down and their juice begins to caramelize in the skillet, about 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the garlic, red wine vinegar, and honey. Let cook 30 seconds, or until just fragrant, then stir in the white beans. Let cook 1 to 2 minutes, until the beans are warmed through. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. I like to leave the beans like this, but if you like, you can lightly smash them for a more creamy topping.
  3. To serve, arrange the toasted bread slices on plates. Top with generous spoonfuls of the tomato bean mixture, then sprinkle with Parmesan and thyme. Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • Once topped, these toasts are best enjoyed right away. The bean and tomato mixture, however, can be stored on its own in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Rewarm on the stove and top the bread just before serving.
  • To make dairy free (and vegan), omit the Parmesan or swap it for the same amount of nutritional yeast. To make gluten free, use gluten free bread.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian Appetizer Recipe, Tuscan White Bean Tomato Toasts

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 4)) — Calories: 343, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Carbohydrates: 39g, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 11g

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