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Bowl of Budget Friendly Easy Italian Bean Skillet

Budget Friendly Easy Italian Bean Skillet

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


Switch up your dinner routine with this delicious Budget Friendly Easy Italian Bean Skillet that comes together quickly for those busy week night meal.



Sauté Ingredients:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, fine dice
  • 1 medium zucchini, unpeeled, small dice *
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic

Base Ingredients:

  • 1 – [ 8 oz. can ] tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 – [ 15 oz. can ] white beans, drained and rinsed *
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda * 

Herb/Spice Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ to 1 teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (+/-) 

Optional Toppings:

  • Fresh chopped parsley or basil

Serving Ideas:

  • Baked potato
  • Steamed rice
  • Toast
  • Pasta
  • Quinoa


  1. Place all the Herb/Spice Ingredients into a small bowl, mix well.  Set aside.
  2. In a large ceramic/enamel lined skillet, Dutch oven, or non-stick skillet, add the diced onions, diced zucchini, and ¼ cup water, cover, sauté over medium-high heat for 7 to 9 minutes to soften.
  3. Uncover and add the minced garlic, sauté for one minute uncovered.
  4. Next add all the Base Ingredients (except for the beans and baking soda) and the Herb/Spice Mix. Bring to a boil, then immediately lower the heat, add the baking soda, stir well, then add the white beans. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from the stove, allow to sit for 5 minutes to marry the flavors.  Serve over baked potatoes, steamed rice, toast, quinoa, or pasta with freshly chopped parsley or basil.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Servings: 4