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White Bean & Basil Dip

Made with ingredients found in the pantry, this is an emergency appetizer that tastes like it was planned days in advance. Creamy Cannellini beans meet fresh basil & lemon juice. Combined with minced garlic, herbs, and spices, this dip is hearty and healthy.
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 3 cups


  • 2 19 ounce cans Cannellini beans (or any white beans)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 3 teaspoons fresh basil torn
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 ground cayenne pepper


  • Rinse and drain the beans well. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the beans, olive oil, lemon juice, and water. Puree until smooth. Add the garlic, basil, and spices. Blend to combine.
  • Serve immediately, or, allow to rest in the fridge in a covered container for about an hour to let the flavors blend.