Mushrooms—both fresh and dried—lend a meaty texture and flavor to this baked cannellini bean side dish.


1/2 cup dried mushrooms, such as shiitake or porcini (1/2 ounce)

3/4 cup boiling water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil, such as olive or canola oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 cans (19 ounces each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes

3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons molasses

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger


1. In a small heatproof bowl, combine the dried mushrooms and boiling water, and let stand for 20 minutes or until softened. Reserving the soaking liquid, scoop out the dried mushrooms and coarsely chop. Strain the soaking liquid through a coffee filter or a paper towel-lined sieve.

2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a nonstick Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 7 minutes.

3. Add the dried mushrooms, fresh mushrooms, and mushroom soaking liquid, and cook until the mushrooms are tender and the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.

4. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, brown sugar, molasses, and ginger, and bring to a boil. Cover and transfer to the oven. Bake until the beans are piping hot, about 25 minutes. Uncover and bake until the sauce has thickened somewhat and the beans are glossy, about 10 minutes. Makes 8 servings

Nutrition Facts

per serving
calories 186
total fat 2.4g
saturated fat 0.4g
cholesterol 0mg
dietary fiber 10g
carbohydrate 35g
protein 9g
sodium 400mg

Good source of: fiber, folate, magnesium, potassium, thiamin

If you are carefully watching your sodium, be sure to read this before preparing this recipe: Sodium Intake and Salt in Recipes

From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for a Healthy Heart, edited by Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.

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Published: 20 Oct 2011

Last Modified: 24 Mar 2015