This is a recipe that is so incredibly simple, I almost feel guilty posting it! But the truth is, sometimes, the simplest of foods are some of the most delicious. I don’t know how it does it, but this pile of mashed up beans is so much more delicious than you’d think a pile of mashed up beans could ever be.
This recipe is so easy to make and so chock-full of addictive, garlicky flavor that it’s been in regular rotation in our house for years. It’s a workhorse recipe that we use for school lunches and easy, healthy snacks. The texture is what really sells it—white bean dip is so incredibly silky smooth and creamy after a quick trip in the food processor.
What do you serve with white bean dip?
Serve it up with crackers, pretzels, pita chips, carrots, cucumbers, or whatever other dippers strike your fancy! When making this for a crowd, I like to make a platter of various dippers so everyone can mix-and-match their favorites.
Great Northern Beans? Cannellini Beans? Navy Beans? What bean should you use for white bean dip?
Most major supermarkets will carry three different kinds of white beans—Great Northern beans, cannellini beans, and navy beans. For the most part, they taste very similar, with the only difference being their size. I recommend the larger beans—either Great Northern or cannellini beans—just because they create an ever-so-slightly creamier texture. You can use all three interchangeably in this recipe though, and still get good results.
Can you use dried beans to make this dip?
You definitely can make this dip from dried beans! Just follow this method for soaking and cooking the dried beans first, and then proceed with the recipe as written.
Do you need to use the roasted garlic in this dip?
I love the flavor that a whole head of roasted garlic gives this dip, but if you’re short on time (and short on roasted garlic), adding 1 clove of fresh garlic to the mix will give you a similar flavor.
How long does white bean dip keep? Can you freeze white bean dip?
I’ve had good luck with this keeping in the fridge for up to a week. If you want to store it longer than that, white bean dip freezes wonderfully! Just freeze it in zip-top freezer bags or in straight-side freezer-safe canning jars for up to six months.