How to Make Garlicky Pizza Beans

You probably already have all these ingredients in your pantry.

Pizza beans are a nutritious way to enjoy all the flavours of traditional pizza, but with the additional benefits of an extra serving of protein.

Garlicky Pizza Beans

Makes 6 servings 

  • 1 lb (454 g) large lima, butter or gigantes beans soaked in cold water for 4-8 hours, or overnight in fridge
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp fennel seed
  • ½ tsp chili flakes, plusmore for topping
  • 4 cups water
  • 1½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano
  • 1 can whole, peeled San Marzano tomatoes, liquid drained
  • A handful of cheese for topping (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook until translucent and beginning to brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Then, add the garlic, fennel and chili flakes and cook two to three minutes more. Add drained beans, 4 cups of water, salt and bay leaves. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook, keeping at a gentle simmer until beans are tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Add tomatoes, breaking up with your hands, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until liquid is thickened, tomatoes begin to break down and beans are very tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Season with more salt, if needed.
  3. Serve beans topped with your favourite cheese, fresh oregano or basil leaves, some crusty bread and a drizzle of olive oil.

Note: You can substitute two 15-ounce cans of lima or cannellini beans for dried. After you cook the garlic, fennel and chili flakes in step one, add the canned beans and move directly to step two.

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Originally Published in Best Health Canada