White Bean Spread

Warm or at room temperature, this spread tastes terrific. If you'd like to make it ahead, chill, then return it to room temperature before serving.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
20 appetizer servings


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

  • ½ cup 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 ground black pepper

  • Olive oil (optional)

  • Fresh marjoram leaves and rosemary (optional)

  • 1 recipe Pita Chips or assorted crackers

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 beans, broth, the 1 tablespoon olive oil, the garlic, the 1 teaspoon snipped marjoram, the 1/2 teaspoon snipped rosemary, and the pepper.

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

  3. To serve, slightly mash bean mixture using a potato masher. Spoon bean mixture into a serving bowl. If desired, drizzle with additional olive oil and/or sprinkle with fresh marjoram and rosemary leaves. Serve warm or at room temperature with Pita Chips.

Pita Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Split pita bread rounds horizontally in half; cut each circle into six wedges. Place pita wedges in a single layer on a large baking sheet. In a small bowl combine olive oil, oregano, and salt. Brush pita wedges with the oil mixture. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until crisp and light brown. Remove from baking sheet; cool on a wire rack. Makes 24 chips.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

70 Calories
1g Fat
11g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
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.

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