Spinach & Beans

Spinach & Beans

This is one of those simplest peasant dishes any family could afford for pennies per serving. All you need is a handful of beans, handful of spinach or escarole, some olive oil and/or broth and you have a comfort food.  This one is turned up a bit, but even still, this dish as of 2023 could easily feed 4 for under $5.


  • 2-3 strips of pre-cooked bacon (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 head of escarole and/or 5 ounces of fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups spring water
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (fresh is best, but just add less)


  1. If using bacon, chop up into small pieces and heat along with shredded or finely chopped garlic with a little olive oil.
  2. Once fragrant and/or after a few minutes, add in the chicken broth and water and bring to a simmer.
  3. Blenderize 1/4 of the red kidney beans and add into the pot of soup.
  4. Once simmering, add the rest of the beans.
  5. Add in the spinach or escarole and cook until desired tenderness (about 15 minutes, less if you like your leaf more crunchy)

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Author: raveniteclub