White Beans on Toast, is a simple quick dish that you can serve for any kind of meal. Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack. You can make in a big batch and enjoy throughout the week, and it will also make a great addition to a work lunch box.
Having a few cans of beans always comes handy when you need a quick meal. When I make Indian dishes using beans, I always use dried beans, as the flavor get better when you slow cook the beans in the spices.
But a can of beans is always in my pantry for quick stir-fried kind of side dishes that you can serve as a sandwich or like this white beans on toast.
Ingredients you need for White Beans on Toast
Canned White Beans - You can use your choice of dried peas or peas, but I personally love white beans. Using canned beans just makes the process faster.
Garlic - Garlic and beans goes hand in hand. It only adds flavor ad taste but also helps to digest beans for people who find it difficult.
Sweet mini pepper - You can use big bell peppers too. I used the small variety, only because I had some left in the fridge. Also, the mini ones add a mild sweetness that goes very well with beans.
Chili Flakes - If you are using chili oil, then you definitely don't need chili flakes. Since I added pesto, I added a little bit of chili flakes for flavor and subtle heat.
As you can see, the dish doesn't call for a lot of ingredients but is packed with flavor and tastes amazing on toast.
Steps to prepare White Beans on Toast
Step 1- Finely chop garlic and slice the mini peppers. In a medium hot pan, heat a little oil and sauté the garlic and peppers for a couple of minutes.
Step 2- Drain the canned beans and give it a wash in running water. Then add the beans to the pan and stir it around.
Step 3- Season with salt and add chili flakes. Toss it around for 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 4- Switch off the heat and mix around the pesto.
Serve it warm on toast with your choice of cheese spread on it.
I learned only very recently that beans on toast is a classic British breakfast. It's filling and definitely very wholesome.
You can make it more saucy by adding tomato purée and other earthy spices.
Here are more bean recipes to try:
It is a great source of protein and carb together, which makes it a very healthy choice for any time of the day.
Navy beans, cannellini beans or any variety of white beans will work best.
Yes! You can easily make in advance and enjoy it for the next few days.
White Beans on Toast
- 15.5 oz Canned white beans
- 3 Mini sweet peppers
- 2 Garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoon Pesto
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon Chili flakes
- Boursin cheese or ricotta cheese, or goat cheese
- Finely chop the garlic and thinly slice the peppers
- Heat a pan with the oil and then sauté the garlic along with peppers for 2 minutes.
- Drain and wash the canned beans and add it to the pan. Stir it around gently without mushing the beans.
- Season with salt, add the chili flakes and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Switch off the heat and mix the pesto to the beans
- Toast the bread slices, spread your choice of cheese and then spoon some of the pesto beans. Enjoy warm.