White Bean Spread

This herbed bean dip is a delicious snack, whether you serve it warm or at room temperature.

White Bean Spread
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins


  • 2 15 ounce can great Northern or cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained

  • ½ cup canned chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh marjoram or 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • teaspoon pepper

  • Olive oil (optional)

  • Fresh marjoram leaves and rosemary (optional)

  • Home-Baked Pita Chips (see recipe, below; optional)

Home-Baked Pita Chips

  • 2 pita bread rounds

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoon snipped fresh oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. In a 1-1/2-quart slow cooker combine great Northern beans, broth, the 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, the 1 teaspoon snipped marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon snipped rosemary, and the pepper.

  2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.

  3. Slightly mash bean mixture using a potato masher. Spoon bean mixture into a serving bowl. Drizzle with additional olive oil and sprinkle with additional fresh marjoram and rosemary; serve either warm or at room temperature with Home-Baked Pita Chips (recipe below), if desired. Makes 20 (2-tablespoon) servings.

Home-Baked Pita Chips

  1. Split the pita bread rounds horizontally in half; cut each circle into 6 wedges. Place pita wedges in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Combine the olive oil, fresh oregano, and kosher salt; brush pita wedges with oil mixture. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until crisp and lightly brown. Remove from baking sheet; cool on a wire rack. Makes 24 chips.

To make ahead, cook and mash beans as directed. Transfer bean mixture to a covered container. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Bring bean mixture to room temperature before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

70 Calories
1g Fat
11g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 70
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%

*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.