This White Bean Pizza Dip recipe is an easy appetizer or snack idea for game day…or any day, really! Because if there’s one food that resonates with just about anyone, from hungry halftime fans to kids running off the school bus, it’s PIZZA.
This pizza-inspired dip uses several different Cento brand ingredients to create a creamy white bean and garlic layer topped with a simple herbed tomato sauce and melted mozzarella. The low-sodium organic beans are great to have on hand for so many things, like dips, sauces, soups and spreads, and the tomatoes are like no other – truly fresh and flavorful.
White Bean Pizza Dip takes just minutes and it’s perfect for movie night, a quick appetizer or even an after school snack. After a few minutes of bake time, your whole kitchen will smell like pizza and the kids will come running. I guarantee it. And then you can watch as they fill up on quality ingredients full of lycopene, fiber and delicious Italian flavor.
It’s fun food you can feel good about serving.
White Bean Pizza Dip
- 1 Tablespoon Cento olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ small onion, chopped
- 1 15.5 oz can Cento white kidney beans
- 14 oz (or ½ of 28oz can) Cento Chunky Style Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 Tablespoon fresh, chopped)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil (or 1 Tablespoon fresh, chopped)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- additional oregano, for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a small casserole dish or baking pan (8x8" is ideal) with non-stick baking spray and set aside.
- In a small pan, heat olive oil over low to medium heat. Saute garlic and onion until fragrant and translucent, 2-3 minutes.
- Drain and rinse white beans. Pour into food processor; add garlic and onion. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste, then process until smooth. Spoon into bottom of casserole dish.
- Rinse out food processor, if needed, or use blender to process tomatoes, basil and oregano. Add salt and pepper, if desired. Pour over bean mixture in dish/pan. Top evenly with cheese; sprinkle additional oregano on top, if desired.
- Bake at 350 degrees 12–15 minutes until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted. If desired, brown the cheese under broiler for a minute before serving. Serve immediately with crusty bread, breadsticks, chips or cut vegetables. (Zucchini works great!)
As an Italian myself, I know that it comes down to this: good tomatoes bring people together. So can garlic. And cheese? Cheese just might be the answer to world peace.
Alright, that’s a bigger issue. But sibling peace? You betcha. Many a brother sister squabble has been squashed with a good round of cheesy snacks, this one included.
Don’t forget the chips!