Rosemary Leek Cannellini Cakes

These rosemary leek cannellini cakes make a light stand alone vegetarian meal or a great savory side dish.

Rosemary leek cannellini cakes

So, I could talk about these bean cakes, which really were beyond delicious little bites of savory, cakey goodness or, I could talk about the insanity that was yesterday morning trying to get here to Sonoma.


3:40am alarm goes off. Get up, get ready, leave the house by 4:13am. Sweet, I’m on time.

Get 5 minutes down the road towards the gas station (since I had absolutely no foresight to fill up my car beforehand) and realize my left ring finger is bare. Spend 10 seconds debating how important wedding rings really are, this is a girls trip after all… Decide to turn around for rings.

4:23am pull back into driveway, run up the stairs, grab rings. Ginger gets very confused and starts running downstairs to be let out thinking it’s morning. Yell at her to go lay down, get back into the car 4:24am, pull out of the driveway again.

Get 5 minutes down the road, have a sudden freak out realization that my phone is not in my bag. This time there’s no contemplating going without (technology > marriage), turn around again, go back home. 4:29am. Run back upstairs, grab the phone from the bathroom where I put it down and told myself not to forget it while getting dressed (yeah, that worked well) and explain to Ulysses who is half awake and very confused that I’m a spaz. Yell at Ginger to go back to sleep again, run back to car. 4:31am.

Pull into gas station, get gas, get coffee (priorities), finally get on highway. 4:37am. I live about 1 hour and 25 minutes from JFK on a good day, I was supposed to be there at 5:45am in the long term parking lot.

(*Don’t read this part, mom*) Book it going 85-95mph the entire way through fog so thick I can’t see cars in front of me or hiding cops on the side of the road. Cross my fingers luck is on my side.

Get 25-30 minutes from airport, text Kat to tell her I’m going to be late, but should make it by 6am. We should still be fine for our 7:30am flight.

Or so I thought.

Her response:

Rosemary cannellini cakes

What ensued was about 100 texts and multiple calls back and forth over the next hour. Long story short…jack-knifed tractor trailer 2 miles before the airport that shut the highway down and she was like the 3rd car from the accident, stuck there, not moving an inch. I avoided the accident going an alternate route, got to the airport and expected we’d need to go standby on the next flight. Then, with 57 minutes before the flight is scheduled to leave, I get this:

And respond with the best text cheerleading I can think of at 6:30 in the morning.

Bags checked with 43 minutes before the flight (after pleading with them since that was 2 minutes after the cutoff time), we sprint to the security line only to find out we’re at the wrong one and have to sprint across terminal 4 (not the smallest JFK terminal by any means) to the other side. Sweating, out of breath, bags strewn across our bodies like idiots, we were those people. Brightside? Our workout for the day was completed by 6:50am.

This crap never happens to me when I travel for work. I’m a sleek, organized, arrive on time kind of traveler, rolling my eyes at the disheveled vacationers holding up the security line with their “does thiiiiis have to come out of my bag too?” questions.

But, we made it, had 2 amazing tastings (more on those later), a kick ass dinner and somehow the memories of the craziness have started to subside.

Rosemary cannellini cakes

I’ll admit this post is a definite injustice to these cakes, but talking about them and not the pyscho start to this trip just seemed impossible.

Here’s the rundown.

They’re kind of like a pancake but with the flavors of a savory Italian meal. A delicious side to a big, fat juicy steak or the perfect stand alone light vegetarian meal. Enjoy them with a nice glass wine on the side.

Rosemary leek cannellini patties

I’ll happily be doing that last part for the next few days…

Rosemary cannellini cakes

Rosemary Leek Cannellini Cakes

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These rosemary leek cannellini cakes make a light stand alone vegetarian meal or a great savory side dish.


  • 1/2 c. chopped leeks
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for pan frying
  • 1 15oz. can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg


  1. In a small pan over medium-high heat, saute leeks and 1 tablespoon olive oil until leeks are softened.
  2. While that sautes, combine remaining ingredients, including the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a food processor.
  3. Add leeks once sauteed and process until smooth and a ball just starts to form. The "dough" will be wet but should just start to form into some sort of ball shape.
  4. Transfer dough to a medium bowl.
  5. With wet hands (you will need to wet your hands after every other patty, dough is very wet & sticky) form into patty shape.
  6. Using the same skillet you sauteed the leeks in, add enough olive oil to be able to pan fry the patties over medium-high heat. Fry on one side for about 3 minutes or until golden brown, flip and pan fry the other side adding more olive oil as needed.
  7. Repeat with remaining patties.
  8. Serve warm garnished with plain greek yogurt, parmesan and leeks.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 602.69Total Fat: 33.49gCarbohydrates: 67.11gProtein: 10.09g


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  1. Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf

    Ohhh wow. That’s definitely some crazy-ass shit. I have the airport-thing down pat because of my previous job. I had to travel for work as well and yeah, I was “that business person” when I’d travel for work. When I travel with my hubby I tend to lose my patience a little too quickly because he isn’t as fast as I am LOL. But your experience is bound to happen to everyone! You always get there on time for work, but never when it’s for leisure. Um, those cakes sound de-freaking-licious, kthx.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Ulysses and I fight pretty much every time we travel together. He is the world’s slowest walker and it drives me insane in an airport so I hear ya!

  2. Kathryn

    Oh man, I hate those mornings where something starts going wrong and it just goes downhill from there. I’m glad you made your flight though!

    As for these little cakes, they’ve made me realise that I basically want to move in with you. I don’t know how you always manage to combine my favourite things!

  3. Jesse (OutToLunchCreations)

    Your story is too funny! I’m a very organized traveler because I hate the stress and rushing, I would rather get up an hour earlier than I need to before a flight just to make sure I have everything organized.

    The recipe looks great, I can’t wait to try it.

  4. Minerva

    Ha! You would have rolled your eyes if you had seen my sister and I sprint across a busy DC airport (and slinging awkward gym bags) this past January. We were so late to a flight they called our names!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      it is! We’re in Sonoma but spending today in Napa :) It’s been on my “list” forever, so glad I’m finally doing it. It’s pretty much as amazing as I’d imagine, you definitely need to do it one day.

  5. Ashley @ Freckles & Spice

    Your travel disaster makes for fun reading at least! I went to italy sophomore year of college and every time we had to catch a bus, plane, train, etc it was like this. Our professor was a mess. It was a great trip though.
    Love love love this recipe. Can’t wait to try it. I kind of want them now please.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      oh man, that must’ve been slightly more insane with the whole language barrier thing too!

  6. Cait's Plate

    I agree – the psycho start to the trip needed to be addressed. That’s like straight out of a movie! Haha.

    The cakes look delicious – leeks are something I love and definitely don’t use enough of.

    Enjoy the trip!

  7. Margarita

    What a crazy morning! But hey, you made your flight, got to your destination, and even have a crazy story to tell! Now, your drinking wine and loving life. Enjoy! These leek pancakes look great, I could eat these as a stand alone meal.

  8. Amanda

    That’s so stressful! I despise sitting in traffic, and just driving in general. Going to the airport is always a giant, obnoxious production.

    Have a blast in Sonoma! I’m sure you already have an itinerary, but if you happen to be near it, I highly recommend Gary Ferrell winery. It was some of the best wine I had while living in SF.

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Omg mornings and travel days like that are the.worst. I swear airline travel is a series of hurry up and wait, and sprint or you’ll never make it, and how am I going to get this all repacked in my suitcase now that the contents of my life are spread over a conveyer belt in a screening area. Oh, so fun.

    I hope you enjoy the trip!!!

  10. Erin @ Cookies in Gym Clothes

    That is crazy! So glad you made your flight though. I am the person that gives the stink eye to the “When did this start?” travelers who are in the security line asking “Wait, I have to take off my shoes?” “I can’t bring this opened water bottle through?”

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Oh my gosh, those people drive me crazy too. I’m so tempted to turn to them and ask what big ass rock they’ve been living under for the past 10 years!

  11. Bryan

    Recipe looks great! Will definitely try them. I like the rosemary addition.

    Your experience reminds me of the time we were going to Vegas and almost missed our flight b/c of a dumb accident outside Boston at 5am. That feeling of helplessness and a spoiled vacation suck!

  12. Val

    What a great workout! When I have a ton of carry on that I have to lug around, I always think that. ;)

    Awesome recipe — love that light color that the cannellini beans give the cakes. You usually see dark bean cakes made from black beans.

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  14. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    Glad you made it to my side of the country ;) Sonoma is a fun and gorgeous place…make sure you go to Healdsburg; there’s a lot of GREAT sushi there and a fun restaurant/bar that serves truffle fries but I can’t remember what it’s called (helpful, I know)…Can’t wait to hear/see how your trip goes. AWESOME savory pancakes, btw…pinned it in my “to try” board!

  15. Julie @ Table for Two

    bahahaha, i LOVED reading that story. and yes, technology is clearly more > than technology. priorities, seriously. i mean, c’mon…we’re food bloggers, we HAVE to have our tech…they’d understand, right?? i’m glad you made the flight though!! i would’ve been freaking out, you seem like you took it like a champ! these pancakes on the other hand, look like the breakfast or lunch of champions! packed with flavor and filling protein from the beans!

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  17. HeathersCreativeConcoctioms

    This was such an entertaining post I was totally visualizing you “running to the terminal” and I have been there before so I know what it’s like having people stare lol. I can’t wait to try this recipemitmwill be perfect make ahead grab and go meal for my chaotic life right now! Hope your having a great trip!

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