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This sun-dried tomato and basil white bean dip is silky, healthy, and full of flavor. It’s ready in under 10 minutes!

Try my Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta next.

sun-dried tomato and basil white bean dip in a serving bowl, surrounded by crackers and fresh basil

This post was originally published on January 11, 2016. I’ve updated the post and photos and tweaked the recipe a little bit to make it even better.

This Tuscan white bean dip has a lovely texture. It’s really smooth… even smoother than hummus. It also takes less time to prepare than hummus, which is nice. It’s healthy and great for a snack or easy entertaining. If you’ve got fresh basil in your garden, this is the perfect recipe to use it up in!

Did you know that cannellini beans (or white beans) are just kidney beans? They’re mild-tasting and perfect for making into dips or adding to soups (try my Tuscan Chicken Soup with White Beans or this Turkey White Bean Chili).

cannellini beans in food processor

white bean dip in food processor

What to serve with cannellini bean dip:

This dip goes well with crackers (I have three different kinds in the photos lol), cut-up veggies such as carrots and cucumber, pita bread, or baguette slices. It’s great to include in a tapas-style dinner (you can serve it as one of many small dishes) or just as an appetizer/party snack. Eat it as you would hummus.

Recipe notes & tips:

  • This dip is pretty forgiving. You can definitely use less than the recommended amount of sun-dried tomatoes if you prefer a less tomato-y flavor, and I’ve used a larger can (19 ounce size) of white beans too. I’ve made this dip so much that I don’t even measure anymore. I also like to add extra lemon juice.
  • You could probably make this in a powerful blender (like a Vitamix), but a food processor is likely your best option since there isn’t tons of liquid in here. I used my Kitchen Aid food processor (a newer model of the one I own is linked).

white bean dip in food processor bowl

More delicious dips to try:

close-up of a cracker being dipped into cannellini bean dip

Would you try this easy white bean dip recipe? Questions? Let me know in the comments below!

close-up of a cracker being dipped into cannellini bean dip
4.84 from 6 votes

Sun-dried Tomato and Basil White Bean Dip

This sun-dried tomato and basil white bean dip is silky, healthy, and full of flavor. It's ready in under 10 minutes!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 (14 ounce) can white (cannellini) beans drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or more, to taste
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes see note
  • 6 large leaves fresh basil


  • Add the beans, lemon juice, garlic, and some salt & pepper to your food processor. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while blending on high. Blend until smooth (about a minute), then scrape down the sides.
  • Add the sun-dried tomatoes and basil, and blend for an additional 30 seconds or so until they're incorporated to your liking. Give it a taste and add more lemon/salt/pepper/etc. if needed, then blend again.
  • Serve right away or chill first if preferred. I add an extra drizzle of olive oil on top.


  • If using sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drain the oil first.
  • This dip will last in the fridge for about 3 days (the basil may start to go a bit iffy if you leave it too much longer).


Calories: 163kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 10mg, Potassium: 386mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 39IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Karen says:

    5 stars
    Really good. I didn’t have fresh basil but did have a tube of basil. Added little over 1Tbs of basil plus some hot sauce. It was tasty.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Karen! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂