The Italians love their cannellini beans, those large, white creamy beans, their hint of earthiness, their nutty taste and their predictable tenderness in delicious Minestrones and Pasta Fagiolis. Cannellinis, related to kidney beans, are sometimes referred to as white kidney beans. Many confuse them with Great Northern and Navy beans which are smaller and less exciting.
Cannellini beans were originally grown in Argentina by Italian immigrants, and quite soon they were introduced to Italy where the soon became an important crop. Continue reading