Tuscan Bean and Olive Spread Recipe
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Tuscan Bean and Olive Spread Recipe

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Wonderful flavors of garlic, rosemary and basil blend in this hearty spread! Lucky enough to have leftovers? Serve it with pita chips, veggies or as a sandwich topper. —DIANE NEMITZ, LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 sun-dried tomato halves (not packed in oil), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup Greek olives, chopped
  • Bagel chips

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without chips): 99 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 231mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes and boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain and set aside.
  2. Place the beans, water, oil, basil, garlic, rosemary, pepper and pepper flakes in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Stir in tomatoes. Transfer to a serving bowl; sprinkle with olives.
  3. Serve with bagel chips.
  4. Yield: 1-1/2 cups.
Originally published as Tuscan Bean and Olive Spread in Healthy Cooking December/January 2012 , p21

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