cheesy Italian canned baked beans in a white rectangular dish

Cheesy Italian Style Baked Beans

These Cheesy Italian Canned Baked Beans are a delicious spin on a Southern classic.  Traditional Italian flavors like onion, garlic, tomatoes, and real Parmesan transform boring pantry staples into a comforting new dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baked beans, Italian Baked Beans
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 424kcal
Author Emily Grace


  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 28 oz fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves, coarsely chopped + extra for garnish
  • 3 15 oz cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • crushed red pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.  Add onion, garlic, and 1/8 tsp salt.  
  • Cook, stirring constantly, for five minutes of until tender.  
  • Stir in tomatoes and rosemary.  Bring to boiling; boil gently, uncovered, 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Stir in beans and half the Parmesan.  Season to taste with crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper.
  • Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish and top with remaining Parmesan and the Fontina. 
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until beginning to lightly brown around the edges. Sprinkle with additional rosemary before serving.


Adapted from BH&G.


Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 1394mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 415mg | Iron: 8.3mg