Here’s the authentic Tuscan cannellini beans recipe – with tomato and sage – to make a traditional steak & beans dinner at your home.


In Tuscany, enormous and juicy steaks, called Fiorentina, are traditionally served with a delicious side dishcannellini beans cooked with tomato and sage.

cannellini beans recipe
cannellini beans Tuscan recipe


These Tuscan white beans are called “all’uccelletto”, the birdy way, because the recipe calls for sage, an herb that is traditionally used for cooking spit birds. The other ingredients are tomato puree, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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Tuscan cannellini beans

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


  • 1 can cannellini beans white beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3-4 sage leaves
  • 5,3 oz tomato puree 150 gr
  • salt & pepper


  1. Peel and crush the garlic clove with the blade of a big knife.

  2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan, medium heat. Add the garlic clove and the sage leaves.

  3. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the cannellini beans.

  4. Once the garlic has browned, remove it and add the beans. Season them with a pinch of salt and 2-3 pinches of pepper and mix well.

  5. Wait a couple of minutes, add the tomato puree and a cup of water, stir and cover.
  6. Let simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes. Add water if necessary.

  7. Serve hot.

Enjoy your cannellini beans!