Greens and Beans


We serve this along with steak and a baked potato. You can drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil on top before serving. Serve with crusty Italian bread. Navy beans work in this, also.

close up view of Greens and Beans in blue bowl
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 servings


  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 heads escarole, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Pour enough water into a large pot to be about 2 inches deep; bring to a boil. Stir 1 teaspoon salt into the boiling water; add escarole. Cook the escarole at a boil, pushing the escarole further into the water as it wilts, until it is fork-tender, 3 to 5 minutes; drain.

  2. Pour olive oil into the pot and place over medium heat. Cook and stir garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes in hot oil until the garlic is soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir drained escarole and cannellini beans into the garlic mixture; cook and stir until the beans are hot, 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the mixture just before serving.

Editor's Note:

Please note the addition of chicken stock when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

135 Calories
8g Fat
14g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 135
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 738mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 115mg 9%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 544mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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