A versatile vegetarian and vegan friendly no-cooked white bean sauce.Jump to Recipe Print Recipe
Did someone say delicious and easy no-cooked white bean sauce? You bet ya. You will be amazed of how simple and super delicious this white bean sauce is. What’s more, it is the perfect compliment as a thick and hearty sauce for chicken, seafood, meats and even as a dip for crudités.
Interestingly, when this sauce was created I was looking for a healthier version of the popular Peruvian green sauce. That meant skipping the mayonnaise. My original version of the green sauce – cilantro hot sauce contained a lot more cilantro and more spiciness. Frankly, spiciness and all, friends and families fell in love.
Needless to say, this version of the green sauce became this incredibly delicious no-cooked white bean sauce. The combination of ingredients truly works magically. The use of beans resulted in a bit of “grainer” texture verses the smoother texture of the green sauce.
How can the sauce be adapted to work with pastas or dips?
Moreover, this no-cooked white bean sauce is very versatile, vegetarian and vegan friendly. Additionally, it’s perfect in a vegetarian or vegan pasta even with the slight spiciness. Plan to use it in pasta? Add a little more extra virgin olive oil and some starchy pasta water if necessary. To make it a healthy crudités dip simply add a little less oil to thicken further. Be sure to use a quality extra virgin olive oil. A favorite is this California Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
The sauce has a pureed texture which makes it perfect for serving with chicken, seafood or even beef. The selection of beans can vary. This recipe uses Northern Beans like this 365 Great Northern Organic. However, Navy or Cannellini Beans are great choices.
What’s more, this no-cooked white bean sauce is a simple dump and puree. A small mini food processor works best, like this Cuisinart or a blender. Honestly, the blender is too large. However, the blender results in a much smoother sauce. Whatever adaptation, of the sauce ends up on your lunch or dinner table, it will become a fast favorite amongst sauces. Happy Cooking.
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No-Cooked White Bean Sauce
An amazingly easy no-cooked white bean sauce. Not only is it vegetarian and vegan friendly but it can be used in several ways. Serve as a condiment/sauce with chicken, seafood or meat dishes Or use it as a pasta sauce and even as a dip for crudités..
- 3 cloves fresh garlic roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped (can use the tender parts of the stem.)
- 1 Jalapeños pepper roughly chopped (can remove all of the seeds or leave a little)
- 1/2 lemon juiced (about 1 to 2 tablespoons)
- 15 ounces northern or navy beans or Cannellini beans I used canned beans rinsed thoroughly
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (add up to 3/4 for a more runny sauce and can also add a few tablespoons water)
In a mini food processor or a blender, add all ingredients except the extra virgin olive oil. Blend for a few minutes to coarsely chop up the ingredients. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Takes up to 1 minute.
Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the prep bowl.
Pour in the extra virgin olive oil. Puree for 1 to 2 minutes to your desired smoothness.
Note: To make a thinner sauce add more extra virgin olive oil and a few tablespoons water if desired.
Use the sauce to compliment chicken, seafood or meats. Or use as a sauce for pasta dishes. May also be served as a dip for crudités. Enjoy.