Cannellini Bean Dip is a tasty spread that’s easy to make and is perfect for snacking!  Cannellini beans are blended with rosemary, lemon, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil until smooth and is perfect with crusty bread, crackers, pita chips, or even veggies for a simple but impressive appetizer. 

Bowl of cannellini bean dip with crostini and rosemary garnish.


Cannellini beans are a favorite ingredient here at Sip and Feast.

We use them in everything from this simple white bean dip to Tuscan white bean soup, pasta fagioli, and beans and greens pasta.

They are the star of this Tuscan-style bean dip and when combined with olive oil and lemon juice, yield a super creamy dip that’s perfect with so many things!

We recommend serving with crackers, crusty bread, vegetable crudité, or crostini.  

This cannellini bean dip would also pair well with our olive bread!

Ingredients shown: cannelini beans, rosemary, baguette, lemon, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil.

How to make it

  1. Drain 1 15-ounce can of cannellini beans and add them to the bowl of a food processor along with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves, 1/4 teaspoon of cracked black pepper, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. 

Cannellini bean dip recipe process shot collage.

  1. Pulse the ingredients to combine, then taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.  If the dip is too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time to loosen it up.  Serve in a bowl with an extra drizzle of olive oil and enjoy!

Hand holding bread dipped into cannellini bean dip.

Top tips

  • The beans. Be sure to drain the beans very well to avoid a runny bean dip.  Take notice of the sodium level of the beans you’re using.  If they are very low in sodium, you may need to add a good amount more salt later in the recipe.
  • Taste test. Taste testing the dip is key here.  As mentioned above, sodium levels in cannellini bean brands can vary and you may need to add more salt than the recipe calls for.  
  • Olive oil.  This is a time to use your good extra virgin olive oil since this cannellini bean dip isn’t heated.  Serving the dip with a nice drizzle of extra virgin olive not only looks great but adds wonderful flavor.
  • Herbs. We love pairing rosemary with cannellini beans and do so in many of our recipes. If you don’t like rosemary you can omit it and opt for other herbs like parsley, basil, or even thyme.

Overhead shot of cannellini bean dip platter with crostini and rosemary garnish.

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Cannellini Bean Dip

4.96 from 25 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Cannellini bean dip combines garlic, rosemary, lemon, olive oil, and cannellini beans in a creamy and delicious dip that's perfect with crusty bread, crackers, pita chips, and veggies.


  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans drained well
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more for serving


  • Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and pulse to combine.
  • Taste test and season with salt to taste. If the dip is too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time to loosen it up.
  • Serve in a bowl and drizzle a bit more extra virgin olive oil on top before serving. Serve with crostini or pita. Enjoy!


  • Make sure to season well with salt to taste.
  • Dip can be served with crusty bread, crostini, or pita chips.
  • Leftovers can be saved for up to 3 days in the fridge and can be rejuvenated by whisking in a bit of olive oil before serving.


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 21.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the best bean dip I have ever had. The flavors were so good together. I used to buy the refried beans in a can, and they have nothing on this recipe. So easy to throw together and have something good to eat in no time.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this and Italian stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer on Thanksgiving. They were a huge hit! Absolutely delicious! Have tried a few other recipes from the site and they’ve all turned out great. Going to keep exploring and making as I’ve had great luck with the recipes. Thank you!