Cacio e Pepe Beans
Creamy, hearty and warming, Cacio e Pepe is one of my favourite dishes – so why not make a variation with beans? Yes, you read that right! Today we’re making Cacio e Pepe beans.
You know we don’t really play favourites here at The Culinary Cartel. Every cuisine, ingredient and dish gets an equal shake. So, we’ve made Cacio e Pepe, and we’ve made a couple of creamy and delicious bean dishes in the past, so the thought occurred – why not combine the two?
Enter, Cacio e Pepe Beans! This dish is fantastic, quick, easy, and a wonderful, budget-friendly family meal. This white bean stew will warm you to the tips of your toes and takes no time to make on the stovetop.
You can make this recipe with any white beans you can find; cannellini beans are my favourite. This dish is saved from being one-note by the addition of lovely wilted kale and a crisp, zingy chilli pickle, which you can make as hot (or not) as you like. I like it on the hotter end, but let your palate dictate which chillis you decide to use.
When I say this could not be more perfect as a weeknight family dish, I do mean it. It comes together in under 20 minutes of prep and cook time, and requires only 8 basic supermarket ingredients. This is the ultimate bougie on a budget dish, and you’ll find yourself coming back to it time and time again – or at least I do, anyway!
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Frequently Asked Questions
I can’t find cannellini beans, what else can I use?
If you haven’t got canned cannellini beans available in your supermarket, you can substitute with white beans or butter beans.
I don’t like/can’t find kale, what can I use instead?
If kale is either not available, or not to your liking, feel free to substitute it with spinach or chard. Simply rinse well and cook until just tender.