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Garlicky Beans and Broccoli Rabe Over Toast

Garlicky Beans and Broccoli Rabe Over Toast 4.000

(Aubrie Pick/Ten Speed Press)

Weeknight Vegetarian Apr 5, 2020

Food and Dining Editor Joe Yonan's take on “Heartland” author and chef Lenny Russo’s wonderfully satisfying bowl of beans and bitter greens amps up the garlic and uses the rich bean cooking liquid instead of stock. Serve the beans over toast to make it a meal.  NOTE: Use beans cooked from dried (see related recipe, Simply Perfect Pot of Beans) rather than canned for this.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces broccoli rabe, cut into 1-inch pieces (may substitute kale, mustard greens or arugula)
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups cooked Great Northern beans, plus 1 cup cooking liquid (may substitute pinto, navy or cannellini beans)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 thick slices rustic sourdough bread, lightly toasted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile oil (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (about 1 ounce) shaved or grated vegan or traditional Parmesan cheese

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In a deep skillet over medium heat, heat the oil until it shimmers. Stir in the broccoli rabe and cook, stirring, until very tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until it starts to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in the drained beans, reserved cooking liquid and the salt. Cook just until the beans are hot and the flavors have melded, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the pepper, taste, and add more salt if needed.

Divide the toast among shallow serving bowls. Drizzle with the chile oil, if desired, and spoon the bean mixture and broth on top. Finish with the Parm and serve hot. 

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Adapted from “Cool Beans” by Joe Yonan (Ten Speed Press, 2020).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 365

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 13g 20%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 6mg 2%

Sodium: 781mg 33%

Total Carbohydrates: 46g 15%

Dietary Fiber: 9g 36%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 16g

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

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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