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Navy Beans and Greens with Bacon and Garlic

Rated as 4.6 out of 5 Stars

"It took me a while to get it right, but this just hits the spot when you want something soothing. It's hearty as a soup, can be thickened to make a stew, or strained to make a side dish. It's creamy, smoky, ever-so-slightly bitter, and goes with chicken, pork, fish, and beef."
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1 h 25 m servings 245
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the onion in the hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the bacon to the onions; continue cooking and stirring until the bacon fat begins to render, about 5 minutes more. Mix the garlic into the bacon and onion mixture, reduce heat to medium, and continue cooking until the garlic is fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir the undrained navy beans into the mixture; bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Fold the spinach into the mixture until the leaves are evenly coated. Place a cover on the saucepan; simmer to allow the flavors to blend, about 1 hour. Squeeze the half lemon over the dish and stir to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 245 calories; 8.9 29.1 14.5 13 809 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Worked with dried navy beans that I soaked overnight and cooked for one hour before using in this recipe. (1lb bag of beans makes double recipe)

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Haven't made it yet. By stating to use use one head of garlic,,that will be much! Did you wish to say, one clove of garlic?

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Worked with dried navy beans that I soaked overnight and cooked for one hour before using in this recipe. (1lb bag of beans makes double recipe)

VERY GOOD! I wasn't able to allow this to simmer for an hour, b/c I had to run out, but this was wonderful even w/o doing that. I only used 3 strips of bacon, and a bag of regular spinach that I...

Definitely a keeper in our house. I didn't use an entire head of garlic but it was still good. It did need salt and pepper though.

I didn't have "navy beans" so I used Garbanzo Beans and Red Kidney Beans. What a treat!

Now this is one tasty rockin delicious dish! Yummy! Spinach, Bacon, Garlic, Navy Beans and Lemon. Great cast of recipe ingredients. Thanks for posting Scottley!!

Pretty good. I took a few bites before I realized I forgot the lemon, so I squeezed it on. The lemon really adds dynamic to the dish. I thickened the dish up with some flour and served it lik...

Have made this recipe several times and REALLY enjoy it! Not a big fan of un-crisp bacon, so I cook the bacon first to a crispy state, remove it and sweat the onions in the bacon fat. Do every...

I just tried this recipe and I don't understand what I did wrong. It is very good but I didn't have any liquid except from the can of beans. I kept looking at the ingredients to see if I missed...

This was great! I let my onions get a little brown so they added a little caramel color to liquid, I also crisped my bacon, and added chicken broth because there wasn't enough liquid for me, AND...