Italian-Style Kidney Beans

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Can be well prepared ahead or frozen.I usually serve them with polenta and a green salad, but it is good over brown rice or with crusty bread, too.A savory dish, make it spicier by adding some red pepper flakes.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook bacon in oil over medium high heat until transparent, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, carrots, celery, parsley and rosemary and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, bay leaf and red pepper flakes if using. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse and drain beans and add to tomato sauce. Cook another 15-20 minutes without cover, until thickened to a sauce consistency.
  5. Taste with salt and pepper. Be careful with the salt, as the bacon is already salty.
Most Helpful

I was afraid that I was not going to like this as I am rather picky (yes I admit it). But it was SO good! I did add chicken broth to keep the moisture up and cooked it a bit longer This is definitely going to be in my dinner rotation.

AimeeR March 12, 2014

Good recipe. Doubled and used dried beans in slow cooker.

Wing-Man March 21, 2011

Mmmm! This is a great way to get in those beans we're all supposed to eat 'cuz they're so good for us, LOL! I used a can of italian-style tomatoes and 3 strips of bacon. So delicious! Although I minced the veggies, they weren't quite cooked yet by the time the mixture had reduced to a sauce-like consistency, so I think I'll saute them in a separate pan next time before adding them to the bacon. And there will definitely be a next time :)

Mintara January 13, 2010