A sign of a great recipe is versatility. Not just serving as a one-dimensional dinner dish, a truly great recipe can be whipped up and served in any situation: main course, side dish, appetizer, topping, you name it.

That’s why we love this recipe so much!

It’s an extremely simple dish to prepare. Requiring only tomatoes, garlic and oil to prepare this classic Italian sauce and a jar of Randall Great Northern Beans. But, where it lacks in ingredients it more than makes up in application. This zesty concoction can be served over pasta for an even bigger Italian experience, but is also just as delicious as is. Serve it on the said during dinner or spread it over a crispy piece of your favorite Italian bread topped with a sprinkle of parmesan as a party appetizer.

Best, of all, this dish is just as good cold as it is warmed up. You can plan to serve it cold or just stash your leftovers in the fridge to work on throughout the week as a work lunch or on a night you don’t feel like cooking. This recipe makes 8 to 10 servings, so there will be some left over for you to experiment different styles of serving with.

So let’s recap: delicious Randall Beans, serious Italian flavor, endless serving options and makes for good leftovers. Seriously, what isn’t to love here?

Don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. You know this light, delicious, warm and easy to prepare meal would be perfect for two with a couple glasses of red wine.


Tomato and Garlic Sauce with Great Northern Beans

Tomato and Garlic Sauce with Great Northern Beans


  • 2 cups Randall Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 to 6 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. rosemary, crushed
  • 2 cups thick tomato purée
  • 3 peeled tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. minced onion


  1. Heat the olive oil in a very large skillet and sauté the garlic and rosemary in it for a few minutes. Add the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes, red wine, salt, lemon/lime juice, sugar, and a generous amount of black pepper.
  2. Simmer the sauce, stirring often, for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add the Randall Beans and continue simmering, stirring now and then with a wooden spoon, for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. The sauce should be quite thick. If you want to serve the beans hot, stir in the minced onions shortly before serving. If you want to serve them cold, as a salad, allow them to cool before stirring in the minced onions and chill them for a few hours or overnight – the flavor improves.
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Want to impress your significant other with romantic cooking this Valentine’s Day? Take a look at some of these romantic and simple dinner recipes. Forget the expensive and busy restaurant. Show how much you care with the gift of good, home cooked meal.


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Are you hungry yet? Head out to the store, and look for Randall Great Northern Beans to make this dish tonight.