Easy Savory Beans; lost

During lock-down mon mari was very happy to switch from fresh fruit to canned fruit. I like canned peaches, and even used to can my own peaches, but for the rest I range from ambivalent to dislike. He, on the other hand, loves all of the different ‘fruit cocktails’ (there are 3) as well as the peaches and pears. I switched to frozen raspberries and blueberries to have with my yogurt – dessert for lunch.

We both gave a firm NON to canned vegetables….. except for white beans.

For the better part of three months our vegetables were frozen spinach, peas and artichoke bottoms, vacuum-packed red beets and canned beans.

Normally the beans went into a pasta or risotto or salad but one night we just needed a vegetable side dish.

Thus another easy pantry recipe is born.

We really liked it…. I’ve made it twice since.

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Easy Savory Beans

I can’t buy any of the many varieties of canned ‘baked beans’ that are available in the US. I buy plain white beans and add the flavors I like. Or I make them from scratch, but this is easier.

  • Author: Katie
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetables


  • 1 1/2 cups (15oz, 450gr) white beans, cannellini, drained and rinsed 
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika 


  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion and sauté until tender and transparent, about 7 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, stir gently and heat through.
  • Serve.


An easy pantry side dish of flavorful white beans.

Keywords: white beans, cannellini

Quick, Savory Beans

I make lists.

When lock-down started I made lists of the things I should do and the things I wanted to do.

I should: do the spring cleaning, plant the potager, give my blog a make-over / update, etc.

I wanted to: take some online art classes, spend time in my studio, plan knitting / crocheting projects, sit in the sun and read (I never do that. I only read on my exercise bike.), etc.

I managed to get all the things on my ‘should’ list done but didn’t even have a chance to look at my fun list.

It was as if, since all the humans were confined to quarters, the internet gremlins were free to create havoc.

I won’t bore you with details, but it ranged to having all 3 of my sites down to having a blank white screen on Facebook. Some were easy to fix some took days of constant work with tech support people.

Yesterday, it appeared as if I had fixed the last problem, although I don’t know if it will stay fixed.

This morning I sat down with my coffee to check emails. No new problems. I had an entire day ahead of me without crises. I could do anything I wanted to do. I could do nothing. I could have fun.

I was lost.

4 thoughts on “Easy Savory Beans; lost”

  1. Well, I hate to tell you this then, but the recipe picture isn’t showing up at all. I’ve refreshed and even done a console inspect and I don’t see it. 🙁

    I think we’d like this recipe. I do buy canned beans and for whatever reason, I love canned green beans, but I’m not big on any other canned veggies. I keep a can of creamed corn for a corn casserole I make, but we don’t eat it out of the can. The rest of our veggies are frozen as well as a few different bags of fruit. A big part of why I like the frozen is there’s nothing but the veggie. No added salt.

    I meant to mention on the other post, I’ve had the Logitech keyboard and mouse hook up immediately sometimes and sometimes not. I think that’s more on the laptop rather than their stuff though. But like you, I keep a corded mouse around as well. You never know when the touchpad on the laptop is just going to funk out and quit working.

    • I keep getting told by Google, hosting site, ad manager, etc. that I need to do this and that to improve site speed, etc. Every time I follow their advice something gets screwed up – and half the time I don’t know it because it looks okay for me. I am now implementing baby steps, waiting a week, more baby steps. We’ll see,
      Funny – I love canned asparagus but not canned green beans. We ate a lot of ‘peas & carrots’ when I was a kid.

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