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White Beans and Spinach

This skillet side is a variation of a recipe I received from my Italian mother. I've prepared spinach this way for years—because my children eat it happily! —Lucia Johnson, Massena, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 cups fresh spinach (about 6 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Dash ground nutmeg


  • Place water, garlic and spinach in a large skillet. Cook, covered, over medium heat just until tender, 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 116 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 561mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 7g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch.

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  • Misty
    Dec 25, 2020

    This is absolutely delicious. I've been looking for ways to add legumes to my diet and this is great! Very flavorful and healthy. Thank you!

  • Catherine
    Sep 2, 2020

    My family and I did not care for this spinach dish. The beans did not seem to go with the spinach.

  • gremaux
    Aug 13, 2020

    Very Good

  • dkcarlson
    Jul 6, 2019

    I love spinach and this sounds awesome! The white beans add protein with no fat! Pinning to my recipe board

  • jzibrida
    Apr 16, 2019

    This is a great recipe. I will be making this over and over. So easy and delicious. Add some cooked chicken and it's a full meal. Wonderful recipe.

  • annrms
    Jan 6, 2019

    We loved this as a side dish with sausage and mushroom ravioli. I added some sautéed onion and a touch of hot pepper flakes to the mixture. Definitely will make this again!