We love this recipe so much, it used to be printed on the labels for our Great Northern Beans. There’s a new recipe in its place, but we still pull this one out all the time when we’re in the mood for a side dish that’s hearty without being heavy.

Looking at some of these ingredients, you may be wondering what’s so Provencal about them. It almost looks Italian, with its emphasis on olive oil, garlic and tomatoes. That’s not surprising: Provence, in the south of France, is located just a hop, skip and a jump from Italy. The areas share a cultural heritage fostered by the Mediterranean climate and share a similar culinary profile. This isn’t the French cooking of heavy cream and thick sauce. Instead, it emphasizes bright, fresh flavors, lots of herbs and olive oil.

In this dish, we’ve captured those flavors using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Saute garlic and onions until they’re fragrant and sweet, then add in tomatoes and earthy parsley. Finally, add your great northern white beans and let them heat through and soak up all the warm, familiar flavors.

We finish this dish with a spritz of fresh lemon juice to cut through the butteriness of the white  beans and the sweetness of the tomatoes. Dish it up alongside grilled fish or a roast chicken with crispy skin.

Have you made this Randall Beans classic dish for your family? Tell us how you eat Beans Provencal!


  • 2 cups of Randall Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 14.5-oz. can tomatoes, diced and drained
  • 2/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

In a skillet, sauté garlic and onion in oil 5 minutes over medium heat. Add tomatoes and parsley, cooking 5 minutes longer. Add beans and cook over low heat, 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Serve hot or cold. 6-8 servings.

You can make this delicious dish with either our traditional Randall Great Northern Beans or our Randall Organic Great Northern Beans.