Pizza Beans

Looking for ways to boost the nutrients in your diet, add more beans! In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating at least 3 cups of legumes per week. I get that not everyone is as excited about beans as I am so I thought you could use a little coaxing. These pizza beans will get your toe in the bean pool and who knows, maybe you’ll decide to jump right in!

Pizza Beans


2-3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Half of a 2-ounce tin oil-packed anchovy filets (about 4-5 filets)

1 tablespoon tomato paste, preferably double-concentrated from a tube

1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

1 bunch fresh spinach or chopped Swiss Chard (about 4-6 cups)

Kosher salt and ground pepper

1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes

2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans or other white beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese or fresh mozzarella

Hearty whole-grain or sourdough bread, toasted

Chopped fresh basil and Parmesan cheese for topping, if desired


  1. Cook garlic and olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Cook for 1 minute, don’t let the garlic burn. Add anchovies, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes. Stiring with a wooden spoon until tomato paste is darkened and anchovies have dissolved into the mixture, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes and cook until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until spinach had wilted.
  3. Add the beans and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  4. Heat broiler. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top of the beans. Transfer skillet to oven and broil until cheese melts and begins to brown in spots. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn. It will only take a few minutes. Sprinkle with chopped basil and Parmesan cheese, if desired.
  5. Serve beans over toasted whole grain or sourdough bread or cut the toast into thick strips and use them to dip into the beans.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. What a pot full of delicious and healthful!


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