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Bowl of vegetarian Italian Butter Beans - butter beans stewed in a zesty tomato sauce and garnished with fresh basil.


  • Author: Millie Brinkley
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These Italian Butter Beans are a tasty side dish or a vegetarian meal.  Creamy beans are simmered in a vegetable-rich tomato sauce.



1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, finely minced

1 red bell pepper, finely minced

4 large garlic cloves, minced

1015 cherry tomatoes, halved

½ cup dry red wine

28-ounce can tomato puree

34 fresh sage leaves

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon salt

2 (15-ounce) cans butter beans, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon butter

Fresh basil, torn as a garnish


In a small Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Saute the onion, red bell pepper, and garlic until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are soft – 6-10 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the pot, stir, and cook until the tomatoes soften.  Break up the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon.  Saute, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until most of their juices have evaporated.

Pour in the red wine, tomatoes, sage leaves, Italian seasoning, and salt.  Stir well to combine.

Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and simmer the mixture for 25 minutes. Stir the pot occasionally.

Add the beans.  Stir well, cover, and simmer for another 25 minutes.

Remove from the heat, fish out the sage leaves.

Add the butter and stir until melted and incorporated into the sauce

Ladle the beans and sauce into serving bowls.

Garnish with torn basil leaves.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Italian butter beans, bean recipes, Italian food, tomato sauce, vegetarian meals, side dish, side dish recipes