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Beans and Greens in skillet lined with parmesan toasts.

Beans and Greens With Buttery Parmesan Toasts

Beans and Greens are a heart-healthy and nutritious classic Italian dish. Serve with buttery parmesan toasts as a starter to your face Italian main!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Appetizer, beans, easy, healthy, heart-healthy, Italian, quick, spinach
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 -4 people
Author Dana Sandonato


  • 4-5 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, smashed and minced
  • 1 tsp chili flakes more if you really want to amp up the heat
  • 1 lb (give or take) of baby spinach or other healthy leafy greens (kale, broccoli rabe, escarole, etc.) If you use kale, be sure to remove the thick woody stems and ribs.
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 15 oz can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Kosher or sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shaved fresh parmesan (optional)

Buttery Parmesan Toasts. (Optional)

  • 1 fresh French baguette, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • 2 large garlic cloves, smashed and minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan


  • Heat 4 TBSP of the oil in large skillet over moderate heat. Add the garlic and chili flakes. Simmer until the garlic is fragrant (about a minute) stirring frequently; do not brown the garlic, or you'll end up with a bit of a bitter taste.
  • Add the greens in bunches bit by bit. Stir to coat in oil and wait until the greens are beginning to wilt before adding more to ensure proper space and coverage. If you need to, add that extra TBSP of oil. Once all of the greens are cooked down, wilted, and are bright green in color, remove them from the pan with tongs and place them into a bowl; set aside.
  • Add the broth to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Add the beans and simmer, uncovered, until the beans are heated through and the liquid is mostly absorbed—about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the greens back to the pan and stir. Season with salt and pepper. Before serving, you can top with freshly grated parmesan. Serve with buttery parmesan toasts, garlic bread, or fresh bread.

Buttery Parmesan Toasts.

  • Preheat oven to 375º F. Line a baking sheet with the baguette slices. Stir the garlic in with the melted butter and, with a basting brush, generously brush each slice with the garlic butter. Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan over each slice. Bake in the oven for five minutes. Check on the crispness of the baguettes. You can take them out if you like what you see, or continue to bake them for another 3 minutes. You want to avoid them getting *too* hard and crisp.


If you have leftovers, you can keep them tightly sealed in the fridge for 3-5 days. They reheat nicely!