Italian Style Vegetarian Rice and Beans (Gluten-free, Vegan)

Italian style vegetarian rice and beans with white cannellini beans or Great Northern beans
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  • 12 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 servings

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. 

Recipe courtesy of Bush's® Beans.

Looking for more vegetarian rice recipes? You can find many more vegetarian rice recipes right here on TheSpruce, including Asian rice salad, vegetable fried rice, curried rice, or, perhaps it's a few vegetarian risotto recipes or vegetarian Spanish rice paella recipes you're after, or, if you're cooking on a budget and are looking for more ways to make rice and beans, ​here's 8 completely non-boring ways to make rice and beans, including brown rice with pineapple, Cuban black rice and beans, rice soup, and more. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs (do not drain)
  • 1 14.5 oz. can Great Northern beans or cannellini beans (or any kind of white bean), drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup instant rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Sea salt or kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

How to Make It

  1. 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. 
  2. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and allow to cook for 3-4 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. 
  1. Taste, and adjust seasonings to taste. Add a bit more sea salt or perhaps even seasoned salt, or top it off with nutritional yeast or another vegan Parmesan cheese substitute (or just serve with Parmesan cheese if you and your family aren't eating fully vegan). Enjoy!

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 485
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 93 mg
Carbohydrates 93 g
Dietary Fiber 21 g
Protein 25 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)