White bean puree - a mashed potato substitute

This is a very easy to make white bean puree which the whole family enjoys.  We have it with quickly cooked steaks and grilled asparagus.  It works as a mashed potato substitute and I am always happy to find ways  to use more legumes.

photo by Liz Parsons

White bean puree - a mashed potato substitute


2 (generous)


  • 1 can cannelini beans (I always use the italian ones - they seem softer and also don't contain additives)

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1/3 cup chicken stock

  • 1 slice lemon rind


  1. Simmer the beans,garlic and lemon rind in the stock for about 5 mins.

  2. Remove the lemon rind and puree with a stick blender. Once blended add 1/2 tab olive oil and quickly whiz again.