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HOW TO COOK CANNED NAVY BEANS

Creamy, thick, hearty, affordable and delicious! All the ways to cook Canned Navy Beans are RIGHT HERE!  Enjoy a wonderful meal today with how to cook canned navy beans!

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Navy Bean Recipe

Why This Recipe Works…

  • Easy!
  • Fast!
  • Ingredients you already have at home! 
  • Gives you the SECRET to perfect canned beans every single time!

Here’s How It’s Done…

STEP 1. 

Cook bacon in saucepan until crispy.

Bacon frying in sauce pan

Add bacon for smoky flavor and oil

STEP 2. 

Drain the beans and then add them to the saucepan with the bacon and bacon grease. 

The navy beans added to the sauce pan

Drain the water off of the beans and then add them to the saucepan

STEP 3. 

Add the water and seasonings to the pan to add ALL THE FLAVOR!

seasoning and water added to the navy beans

Stir the navy beans!

STEP 4. 

Cook over medium heat until thickened and heated through (about 5 minutes).

Stiring the sauce pan with red spatula

Stir till thickened.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) HOW TO COOK CANNED NAVY BEANS

What Are Navy Beans?

Navy Beans are one of the white beans. You will find Navy beans in your canned food section near the other canned beans. They are a white color, shaped like a kidney bean and have a mild nutty flavor.

What Is a Good Cannellini Beans Substitute? 

Navy Beans are a perfect substitute for Cannellini Beans! They are a delicious delicate white bean that is very similar! 

How Do I Use Canned Navy Beans?

Some folks love to just eat a bowl of plain navy beans (and I’ll show you a terrific recipe for that at the end of this post). Others like to use navy beans in the following recipes:

  • White Bean Chili
  • For use on salads
  • Ham and Beans
  • People often substitute Navy Beans for Lima Beans or Great Northern Beans.

Do I Need To Cook Canned Navy Beans?

Canned Navy Beans are already cooked and safe to eat right out of the can, however, this recipe will help them to taste much better!

Are Navy Beans Good For You?

YES! Navy Beans are loaded with protein and other good stuff like fiber and are low in fat. Beans DO have carbs so if you are low carbing, be careful.

How To Cook Navy Beans in the Oven.

Simply follow the recipe below, BUT,

  • Cook your bacon in a pan first and
  • Add that cooked bacon and the bacon fat to the rest of the ingredients.
  • Pour those ingredients into an appropriate sized baking dish (1 quart) that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
  • Heat at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

NOTES:

  1. You can size up the recipe for as many people as you want to feed (if you are sizing up for more people, the beans will need to bake longer – up to 45 minutes).
  2. The recipe as written feeds 2 people.
  3. Don’t forget to increase the spices and bacon for the increased number of people you want to feed.

HOW TO COOK NAVY BEANS IN THE CROCK POT

Navy beans are excellent in the crockpot because they can stand up to heating for a while. Use the recipe below, BUT,

  1. First cook the bacon in a skillet and add that bacon, the bacon grease and the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot.
  2. Heat on low for 3-6 hours.

Remember that this recipe serves 2 people and if your crockpot is the typical size 3-4 quarts, you will need to increase the recipe by at least 2 or maybe 3 times.

Close up shot of navy beans in blue bowlHOW TO REHEAT NAVY BEANS

To reheat cannellini beans, simply

  • Place your baking dish in the oven at 350 and allow to heat for 20 minutes until heated through.

OR

  • Reheat on the stove top over medium heat until heated through (about 5 minutes) in a sauce pan.

HOW LONG DO NAVY BEANS KEEP?

You should place your beans in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking them and then they will be good for about 5 days.

CAN YOU FREEZE NAVY BEANS?

YES!  Place your cooked navy beans in a freezer safe container and remove as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 6 months.

WHAT DO YOU SERVE WITH NAVY BEANS ?

Make a wonderful easy meal and serve your cannellini beans with

Meatloaf,

fresh squash and

cornbread!

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TIPS & TRICKS FOR HOW TO COOK CANNED NAVY BEANS

  • Pour off the water from the can of beans, it doesn’t taste that good. Then add 1/2 cup of fresh water back. 
  • This recipe is for 2 people, if you want to serve more people, you will have to increase the recipe by as many people as you need to serve. Don’t forget to increase the spices as well.
  • If your beans don’t seem to have enough flavor or taste bitter at all, add more salt.

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HOW TO COOK CANNED NAVY BEANS

This is an easy recipe for how to cook canned navy beans
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Navy beans, how to cook canned navy beans
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 364kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 slice of thick cut bacon cut into 5 pieces (regular thickness is fine if that is what you have)
  • 1 14.5 ounce can of navy beans drained
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp vinegar white or cider
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper optional

Instructions

  • In a medium sized saucepan, over medium heat, place the bacon pieces and allow to fry till crispy.
  • Add the beans, water, sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne pepper (optional) to the bacon pieces and bacon grease and stir
  • Stir frequently until heated through and bubbly throughout.  Serve hot and offer hot sauce, chopped onion or chopped jalapeno as garnish.

Notes

  • Pour off the water from the can of beans, it doesn’t taste that good.
  • This recipe is for 2 people, if you want to serve more people, you will have to increase the recipe by as many people as you need to serve.  Don’t forget to increase the spices as well.
PRO TIP:  If you don't have ALL of the spices, that is ok, use what you DO have.  The main idea is to get a little oil (bacon grease) smoked flavor (bacon), sweetness (sugar), salt, pepper, heat (cayenne) and acid (vinegar) into the recipe.  Some substitutions that you could make include: 
For vinegar:  white vinegar, lemon juice.
Bacon: 1 tbs vegetable oil or any other oil, 1 tbs butter PLUS 1/4 tsp liquid smoke. 
Sugar:  same amount of honey, maple syrup, raw sugar, brown sugar.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
HOW TO COOK CANNED NAVY BEANS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 658mg27%
Potassium 876mg25%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 23g92%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 152mg15%
Iron 5.2mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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