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Beans & Spinach Recipe

Beans & Spinach Recipe

“One of our favorite appetizers at a local restaurant is made with white beans and escarole. It’s nearly impossible to find escarole where we live, so we subbed in baby spinach and were pleasantly surprised by the result. Enjoy!” Patrick and Helen Reddy - Wilmington, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh baby spinach
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large nonstick skillet, saute garlic in oil until tender. Remove garlic and discard. Add onions to pan; saute until crisp-tender.
  • 2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 138 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 446 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Beans & Spinach

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Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"I also add some red pepper flakes."

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"I make this with kale instead of spinach. One of our favorite side dishes."

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"I dont really like spinach but love this recipe-I throw in a handful of walnuts to toast rite after i remove the garlic-yum!"

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"Just ok, needs more flavor"

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"Very nice side dish! I rendered some bacon fat and sautéed the garlic and onions in it (so it wasn't a heart-healthy version). I love garlic, so I didn't discard it. I also love onions, but I found that 1 large onion was plenty. Will definitely make this again!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.