This Italian White Bean Dip is just as delicious as the version from Supper NYC that inspired it! Super simple ingredients make this an easy appetizer!
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My husband and I recently spent a weekend in one of our favorite places: New York City. It was such a fun little getaway to celebrate our upcoming 10-year anniversary as well as the fact that we are debt free! We took in a Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden (amazing), did some sight-seeing, and enjoyed A LOT of wonderful food.
Seriously, that’s one of my favorite things about New York City. There are so many incredible dining options and it can be hard to decide where to go. On a previous trip to NYC, he and I ate at a restaurant called Barbetta, which is an Italian restaurant that ranks as one of my top ten meals of all time.
This time around, we decided to go to another little restaurant my husband had been to once before, called Supper. It’s a quaint, absolutely delightful rustic Italian restaurant with an open-air kitchen.
While we were perusing the menu, our waiter brought us a simple appetizer consisting of some crusty bread and a white bean dip. I took one bite and fell in love. I mean really–this appetizer was absolutely delicious. Garlicky white beans with a hint of spice, soaked in olive oil that you can scoop up with your bread…it was heavenly. “Why are these soooo good??” I kept asking my husband.
So naturally, within a couple of days of returning home, I knew I had to whip up a batch of the amazing Italian white bean dip. So I did, and I wanted to share the recipe with you pronto, because you need these beans in your life. I’ve made them twice in just 3 days and have eaten way more than I should.
I don’t have Supper’s recipe, so I did my best to recreate a version that seemed close, and I have to say that I think these are right on par with their version. The beauty of this recipe is that it requires super simple ingredients and can be prepared quickly, yet it delivers a big impact.
I think using garlic-infused olive oil gives these so much flavor. I make my own according to these instructions (seriously, so so easy), but you can also buy garlic-infused olive oil at many grocery stores or online.
A bonus to making your own is that you also end up with some roasted garlic. Mmmmmmm. I use some of this roasted garlic in the recipe, but you can omit it if you don’t have any.
This Italian white bean dip pairs really well with crusty bread or focaccia! I think it’s best served warm, but I have also eaten the leftovers cold, straight out of the fridge, at 10am. But that’s between you and me. 🙂
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tbs garlic-infused olive oil
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp roasted garlic, coarsely chopped or mashed to a paste (optional)
- 1 can of navy beans, drained and rinsed well
- 3/4 tsp salt (note: I use low sodium beans, so if you are using regular beans, you may need to decrease this salt amount)
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine olive oil, red pepper flakes, and roasted garlic. Allow to warm for a couple of minutes.
- Add beans, salt, and pepper, combining well.
- Allow to warm for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and spoon into serving dishes.
- Serve with crusty bread or foccacia. Enjoy!
Inspired by Supper NYC
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 650mg Carbohydrates: 21g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g