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Cheesy White Bean Skillet Bake with sliced baguette and cherry tomatoes in lodge cast iron skillet on white marble

Cheesy White Bean Skillet Bake

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  • Author: Aberdeen (Adapted from NY Times)
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Made entirely in just one pan, this cheesy white bean skillet bake is the ultimate vegetarian comfort food perfect for an easy dinner or a crowd pleasing bean dip appetizer. Topped with gooey, golden cheese, serve with slices of baguette, pita chips, raw veggies, or even with pasta!


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  • 30 ounces Cannellini or White Northern beans, drained
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup kale, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, roughly minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, roughly minced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional: 1 cup cherry tomatoes or 2 to 3 bunches small tomatoes on the vine for topping before baking


  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F. In a large, oven safe skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. 
  2. Add kale and spinach and cook until the spinach starts to wilt, about 2 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  3. Stir in the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds to one minute. 
  4. Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. 
  5. Pour in diced tomatoes, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. 
  6. Add white beans, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and white wine vinegar. Bring to boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until somewhat thickened. 
  7. Remove from heat. Stir in the fresh herbs, 1 cup of the mozzarella and 1/4 cup of the parmesan cheese. Evenly sprinkle the top with the remaining cheeses. Add the cherry tomatoes as desired to the top if using. 
  8. Place in preheated oven and cook 10 to 15 minutes, until sides are bubbling and cheese is golden. 
  9. Optional: Broil for 2 to 3 minutes for an extra golden, cheesy top. 
  10. Garnish with any remaining herbs and ground black pepper. Serve immediately with a sliced baguette, pita chips, or some raw veggies!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Casserole
  • Method: One Pot
  • Cuisine: American