Italian-Style Vegetarian Rice and Beans

Italian style vegetarian rice and beans

The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak

  • Total: 12 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
485 Calories
2g Fat
93g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3-4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 485
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 93g 34%
Dietary Fiber 21g 76%
Protein 25g
Calcium 188mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Looking for the perfect quick and easy way to cook cannellini beans and rice or another kind of white beans and rice? Here's one simple Italian-inspired way.

Using just five ingredients, you can serve this easy vegetarian rice and beans dish with Italian seasonings as a side, or, add some sauteed tofu or seitan to make it a main meal. All you need it a can of tomatoes, ​a can of beans, some instant rice (or you can use leftover rice if you have some on hand that you need to use up), a bit of Italian seasoning, and a dash of salt and pepper, and you've got yourself a meal.

Whip up a side green salad or stick some garlic bread in the oven to make it a full healthy vegetarian dinner as quick as can be and, of course, rice and beans are a staple of anyone trying to eat cheap, whether you're vegetarian, vegan or not!

This Italian white beans and rice recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and completely gluten-free. 

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs (do not drain)
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Great Northern beans or cannellini beans (or any kind of white bean; drained and rinsed)
  • 2/3 cup instant rice (uncooked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Sea salt or kosher salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Italian style vegetarian rice and beans
    ​The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak
  2. Place the diced tomatoes and their juice, the Great Northern beans or cannellini beans (drained and rinsed), instant rice (or you can also use leftover pre-cooked rice) uncooked in a medium saucepan, and season lightly with a bit of Italian seasoning and a bit of sea salt or kosher salt and fresh black pepper. 

    Place tomatoes and rice in pot
    ​The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak
  3. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. The dish is done once the rice is cooked and the beans and tomatoes are cooked through. There will still be a bit of saucy moisture, some of which will evaporate as the dish cools slightly. 

    Place saucepan over medium high heat
    ​The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak
  4. Taste, and adjust seasonings to taste.

    Adjust the seasoning
    ​The Spruce Eats / Anastasiia Tretiak

Recipe Variations

  • Add a bit more sea salt or perhaps even seasoned salt, to taste.
  • You can also top it off with nutritional yeast or another vegan Parmesan cheese substitute.
  • Or, if you and your family aren't eating fully vegan, serve with Parmesan cheese.

Recipe courtesy of Bush's® Beans.

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