Beans and Greens
Recipe type: Entree or Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4-6
Beans served with greens are an Italian dish that hasn't gotten as much press. It's an inexpensive, nutrient rich dish that I'm sure you'll love. If you want to add meat to this dish, cook the onion and garlic with some Italian sausage in the beginning and finish the recipe as directed. You can also substitute spinach, escarole, or even Swiss chard for the kale. Total cost of recipe is $4.97 or $0.83 to $1.25 per serving depending on serving size.
  • 2-3 small/medium onions ($0.68)
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, chopped ($0.24)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil ($0.28)
  • 3 bunches kale, stems removed, center vein split, and leaves sliced or chopped ($1.50)
  • ½ tsp salt (omit salt if using bouillon instead of broth) ($0.01)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper ($0.04)
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste) ($0.05)
  • 2 (15oz) cans of beans (kidney, cannellini, or great northern)., drained and rinsed ($1.38)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chicken, or vegetable, broth. (You can substitue1½ cups hot water with bouillon dissolved in it.) ($0.79)
  1. Heat oil in large pan
  2. Saute onion and garlic in oil until translucent.
  3. Add kale to pan and toss well.
  4. Season with salt, pepper, and pepper flakes.
  5. Stir until Kale begins to wilt.
  6. Add broth or water with bouillon to the pan.
  7. Stir in the two drained and rinsed cans of beans.
  8. Bring to a boil. reduce heat, cover pan, and simmer for 10 minutes or until greens are cooked.
Recipe by Patty Cake's Pantry at