Herbed White Beans on Toast

Program: KCTS 9 Cooks

Cook's Note: Looking for a breakfast recipe that will revive you on a bleary-eyed morning?

White beans and an array of herbs and bright flavours turn Beans on Toast into this new take on the British classic.

serves 2


  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons light olive oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno pepper, or a dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 15.5-ounce can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 pinch ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 2 slices rye or whole wheat bread
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1/4 teaspoon shredded Parmesan cheese


To poach the eggs, heat a medium saucepan of water to the boil. Break eggs into individual small bowls.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute the garlic and jalapeno until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir the white beans, 2 more tablespoons olive oil, oregano, and turmeric into the garlic mixture; cook about 5 minutes, stirring gently on occasion, You don’t want to mash the beans. Stir the pesto into the mixture and remove the skillet from the heat; season to taste with salt.

Meanwhile, swirl the boiling water in the saucepan and drop the eggs in one at a time. Try to time this so the eggs are done when the beans are hot. Cook eggs to desired firmness, about 3 minutes. When the eggs hit the water, pop the bread in the toaster.

Top each slice of rye toast with half of the bean mixture. Drizzle with a squeeze of lemon juice. Remove eggs from saucepan with a slotted spoon and slide each egg onto the beans. Sprinkle with pepper, paprika and a dash of Parmesan. Serve immediately.


Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.
  • All comments are subject to approval.
  • KCTS9.org reserves the right to remove posts, at our discretion, which include inflammatory comments, comments that are off-topic, personal attacks or obscene language, or that are otherwise deemed objectionable.
  • By submitting your comment for publication on KCTS9.org, you agree to abide by our terms of service: http://kcts9.org/terms-conditions