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Cheesy Cannellini Beans Recipe with Bacon and Spinach

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Cheesy cannellini beans recipe is a filling dish that can be served as a side or on it’s own as a meal! Made with canned beans from our sponsor, Bush Brothers Beans, this flavorful dish is quick and easy to make.

Turn 2 cans of cannellini beans into a delicious side dish! This cannellini bean recipe is made with bacon, onions, garlic and spinach for a delicious, healthy and cheap recipe!

I’ve mentioned a few times before that I have a kid who is a super picky eater. So you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that she loves beans. She was just a toddler when I found out that she was happy with canned beans for lunch or dinner. For the past decade, Bush Brothers Beans have been a staple in our pantry.

Of course, most people don’t just eat a can of beans straight out of the can for lunch. We eat them often in soups like black bean soup and in Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili Recipe.

Bush’s Beans are also a terrific addition to salads as they add protein and fiber and make a salad into a meal. BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad is one of our favorite summer meals as it uses leftover barbecued chicken.

Serving Bush’s Beans as a side dish is also great as a gluten free side dish option. I used to make a lot of pasta salads in the summer, but since not everyone eats pasta, I’ve found that beans like these cheesy cannellini beans are a great way to serve a dish that everyone will love.

Cheesy Cannellini Beans Recipe with Bacon and Spinach

You aren’t going to believe how easy these beans are to make – and with so much flavor thanks to the bacon, garlic, onions, and Parmesan cheese.  Originally I wanted to use kale in this dish, but kale is hard sell in my house so I went with spinach instead.  You can use any hardy green leaf you like.

I normally have cans of pinto and black beans in my pantry. They are easy staples to add to so many meals. But I recently read about cannellini beans being popular in Italian recipes from certain areas of Italy and I had to try them. I picked up a few cans of Bush’s Cannellini beans at Walmart. Bush’s has an amazing selection of beans to choose from so you can be creative with beans!

The Bush’s cannellini beans are so creamy and smooth. They work beautifully in this dish, but pinto beans would be just as good and they are more likely to be in the pantry.

This bean recipe take no time at all to cook. I used a cast iron skillet to make these, but any skillet or even a dutch oven will work.

Start by cooking the bacon until crisp. Set aside to drain, but leave the bacon grease in the pan. Add the onion and then garlic and cook until the onions are soft making sure not to burn the garlic.

Once the onions are soft, add the beans to the pan and stir it all up to get the onions and garlic mixed in. Throw in a couple of handfuls of spinach and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Stir it around to wilt the spinach.

Turn off the heat and toss in the Parmesan cheese and half of the bacon, chopped in pieces. Stir to melt the cheese completely.

Finish by topping the beans with the remaining chopped bacon and serve the beans hot.  These beans are so full of flavor and yumminess! Serve as a side dish (they’re a great side for grilled steak!) or eat as a main course. Enjoy this #MyBestWithBushBeans recipe.

Yield: 4-6

Cheesy Cannellini Beans Recipe with Bacon and Spinach

Cheesy Cannellini Beans Recipe with Bacon and Spinach
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes


  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon finely diced garlic
  • 1-2 cups raw baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cans Bush's Cannellini Beans
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes


Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Cook the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from the skillet to a paper towel lined plate to drain.  Keep the bacon grease in the skillet. When the bacon is cool, dice in smaller pieces.

Turn the heat down to medium. Add onions to the skillet and stir. Cook for a few minutes and then add garlic. Stir again and cook until the onions are soft being careful not to burn the garlic.

Drain the cans of beans. Once the onions are soft, add the Bush's Cannellini Beans to the skillet and stir.  Add the pinch of red pepper flakes and the spinach. Stir and cook until the spinach is wilted.

Once the spinach is wilted, remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the cheese and half of the bacon until the cheese melts. Sprinkle the remaining bacon on top of the beans and serve hot.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 464Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 402mgFiber: 12gSugar: 2gProtein: 27g
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  • fnaf
    September 19, 2017

    Anything with bacon has got to be good! I will take a big pan to go please! I can almost smell it from here…

  • sam
    August 27, 2017

    this seems interesting, even though i don’t like spinach much.

  • Nicole
    August 1, 2017

    Yum, beans with bacon and greens is such a delicious side dish. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week!

  • Miz Helen
    July 31, 2017

    This is a great combination for a skillet of goodness! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Liz
    July 30, 2017

    Anything with bacon has got to be good! Thank you for bringing these delicious beans to FF.

  • TurksWhoEat
    July 28, 2017

    This looks sooo good. I love cannellini beans and making them the center of a dish is always great! Thanks for sharing!

  • Susan @ Culinary Envy
    July 26, 2017

    I will take a big pan to go please! I can almost smell it from here…it looks Scrumptious!

  • Leanne Jacobs
    July 23, 2017

    This looks heavenly. I can’t wait to make it!

  • I love beans! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link up!

  • Meegan
    July 19, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and all the nutrition facts as well. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  • Miz Helen
    July 18, 2017

    What a great recipe, this will be delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  • I would like to have this meal for breakfast – something that could fill me up quickly! Yum!Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

  • Shirley Wood
    July 14, 2017

    This is my kind of food! We love Bush’s beans at our house! I’m ready for some comfort food too. So glad you share with us at the Merry Monday party! Can’t wait to see what you’re up to next!

  • Amy
    July 14, 2017

    I love most beans and am always looking for a new way to serve them. This recipe looks fabulous. I had to come to your blog to check it out when I saw it at the Think Tank Thursday link party. Thank you for sharing. Pinned and shared.

  • Tracey
    July 14, 2017

    One pot deliciousness. Thanks for bringing this dish to Fiesta Friday.

  • Ashley
    July 11, 2017

    Yum! This sounds like the perfect meal for my family. We love finding new ways to enjoy beans

  • Now these are my kind of beans! 🙂 Love the addition of the bacon!

  • Chelsea
    July 10, 2017

    You had me at bacon! For real though, this looks soooo good!

  • Lisa Marie Heath
    July 10, 2017

    I literally would be thrilled with just those beans and the bacon. 2 things I love and together… they are magic. I’ll have to try this recipe out

  • Lani Derrick
    July 10, 2017

    This looks so easy and so yummy!

  • Sarah Halstead
    July 10, 2017

    Umm! That looks really good.

  • Eugenia
    July 10, 2017

    MMM! This looks so yummy and easy to make!!

  • Jessica Holoka
    July 10, 2017

    This looks awesome! I think I have almost everything to make this, too. Yum!

  • Cris of Kiss My Tulle
    July 10, 2017

    Bush’s white beans are the best! I always have a can in my pantry.

  • Anyonita
    July 10, 2017

    How lovely to have another way to use cannellini beans! This looks delicious & I cannot wait to try it; perfect for chilly weather, I’d imagine! I’ve just started a party for gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegetarian etc recipes and I would love it if you stopped by to share this with us! Last week’s party is still open here: Hope to see you there! <3

  • Roseann M Hampton
    July 9, 2017

    White beans are my favorite – pinning to try! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop!

  • Looks great – perfect for a BBQ – Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!