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White Beans with Fennel & Tomatoes

White Beans with Fennel and Tomatoes is a hearty Italian side dish made with caramelized fennel, onions, garlic, and grape tomatoes. This quick cooking side dish is done within 30 minutes and compliments Italian Sausage.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 330kcal


  • Stove Top


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 bulb Fennel thinly sliced
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 5 cloves Garlic chopped
  • 1 small Onion diced
  • 2 cans Great Northern White Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 pint Grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Basil chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parsley chopped
  • cracked black pepper to taste


  • In a large pot add olive oil and bring the pot to high heat. Add the thinly sliced fennel and begin sauteing. Add 1 cup of chicken broth and reduce the heat down to medium-high heat. Place the lid on top of the pot and let cook for 10 minutes *check occasionally and stir to make sure fennel is not burning and/or sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • After the 10 minutes add chopped garlic and onions to the pot, stir well. Add the remaining 1 cup of chicken broth, stir, reduce heat to medium, and place lid back on the pot. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  • Add the 2 cans of white beans, mix well, and then add the grape tomatoes. Place the lid back on the beans and simmer on low for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in chopped basil, parsley, and season with cracked black pepper. Mix well, and serve.


  • I like to use a mandolin slicer to get thin slices of fennel. I find that these cook quicker and caramelize better.
  • Do not add salt to this dish. The salt is taken care of thanks to the chicken broth added.
  • To avoid over cooking beans and turning them to mush add them during the last few minutes of cooking.


Serving: 8oz. | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 478mg | Potassium: 1534mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 966IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 8mg
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