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Side, Vegetarian |180 calories per serving|20 minute recipe

Cranberry Beans with Garlic

This content was last updated on April 10, 2020

Have you tried cranberry beans? Also known as borlotti, romano or Roman beans, these cream-colored beauties with crimson swirls, streaks and speckles become a pretty pink-brown color when cooked. Conveniently canned cranberry beans are quickly simmered with aromatic onion, garlic, thyme, parsley and broth and finished with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of lemon zest for a beneficial boost of fiber, plant protein and all the phytonutrients pulses have to offer.


  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion or 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 can (14-15.5 oz.) cranberry (borlotti, Roman) beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1/2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice (about 1/8-1/4 medium fresh lemon), and its zest
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Makes 3 servings. Per serving: 180 calories, 5 g total fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 25 g carbohydrates, 9 g protein, 9 g dietary fiber, 500 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 0 g added sugar.


  1. In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until softened, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add beans, parsley, thyme and red pepper, if using, and sauté 1 minute.
  3. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook 5 minutes. Remove lid and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in lemon juice and zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm


Serve as a side dish with fish or chicken with vegetables and whole grains or as a main dish over brown rice with a mixed greens salad.

This recipe contains cancer fighting foods:

This recipe was specially crafted to support cancer prevention and survival. It adheres to AICR's Cancer Prevention Recommendations. Learn more about our recipe guidelines.

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