Yes there is a difference in white beans. Our meal of the month calls for cannellini beans. Can other white beans be substituted? The answer of course is yes if you are interested in using just what you find in your pantry. However, if you’re looking for a specific texture or taste, the type of white bean does make a difference.
Cannellini beans are the larger of the three white beans and are great for salad because they are firm and hold their shape yet have a creamy texture and thin skin. They are known for their nutty flavor and are shaped like kidney beans.
Great Northern beans are shaped like small Lima beans. They are a good multipurpose bean to use for soup or salad. They have a milder flavor than cannellini and work well with different spice mixtures.
Navy beans are smaller and work well for soups and stews because they cook quickly and are softer. Navy beans are often used for commercial products like Boston baked beans.
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