White Bean "Meatballs"
White Bean "Meatballs"
How to Make White Bean Meatballs in Onion Sauce



  • 15.5 oz can white beans 440 grams
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs 45 grams
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 grams
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1.5 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour 8 grams
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine 120 ml
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .50 grams
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth 360 ml
  • sea salt & black pepper


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • handful chopped fresh parsley


  1. Drain the can of white beans into a colander and rinse under water, then shake off any excess water and transfer into a large bowl, using a potato masher or a large fork, mash down on the white beans until well mashed
  2. Once the white beans are mashed, add in the bread crumbs, crack in the egg, add in the chopped onion, chopped garlic, chopped parsley, ground cumin and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together until well mixed, then push down on the mixture to end up with a paste-like texture
  3. To shape the meatballs, grab a spoonful of the mixture and squeeze it in your hands, this is to ensure the ingredients are well binded together, the form it into a shape of a golf ball
  4. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil
  5. After a couple of minutes add in the white bean meatballs, all in a single layer, cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden fried all around, then remove from the pan and set aside
  6. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in the chopped onion and garlic, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in the flour, continue to mix together, after 2 minutes add in the wine, dried thyme and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and then simmer
  7. After 3 minutes and the alcohol has cooked off, add in the vegetable broth, continue to mix and go for 3 to 4 minutes or until you end up with a slightly creamy sauce, then add the white bean meatballs back into the pan, all in a single layer, heat them through for 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from the heat
  8. Transfer the white bean meatballs into serving dishes, top off with the onion sauce and some chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!


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