white beans with broccoli rabe & lemon

Looking for a side dish? One that is easy, delicious & healthy? I’ve got one right here for you. It can be ready in just thirty minutes. You can serve it with chicken or pork or fish. Just about anything. Actually, it’s pretty darn good all by itself.

white beans with broccoli rabe & lemon

There’s very little prep to be done here. The lemon should be sliced as thinly as possible. Same goes for the garlic. Although if you prefer bigger chunks that’ll work, too. 

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While that flavorful bunch is hangin’ out in the pan, the broccoli rabe can be cleaned and chopped. You can make the pieces whatever size you and your family prefer. Bite-size or just cut in half. Anything goes.

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After the broccoli rabe spends about 4 or 5 minutes on the stove with the lemon, anchovies & garlic, the beans are added with 1/2 cup of water. This is the final cook for this dish …just about 5 more minutes.

If you like your broccoli rabe on the crunchy side, remove it from the pan before you add the beans. When the beans are just about done, add that reserved broccoli rabe back into the mix so that it just heats through.

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Just before removing from the heat, add the grated Parmesan along with the chopped fresh parsley. Mix gently to combine. Transfer to a platter or individual dishes and top off with additional grated Parmesan. If desired, sprinkle with a small amount of red pepper flakes. 

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white beans with broccoli rabe & lemon

Based on a recipe from Bon Appétit

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 side servings
Author Rosemary Stelmach

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small lemon, very thinly sliced (seeds removed)
  • 2 anchovy fillets, packed in oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled & thinly sliced
  • 1/2 bunch fresh broccoli rabe, trimmed & chopped (about 8 to 10 ounces)
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh italian parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
  • crushed red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat. Add lemon, anchovies, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lemon is softened and brown in spots and anchovies fall apart, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add broccoli rabe; season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing occasionally, until bright green and crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add beans and ½ cup water to pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors have melded and liquid is reduced by half (you still want it to be saucy), about 5 minutes. Mix in parsley and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan.

  4. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if desired, and top with additional grated Parmesan.

Recipe Notes

If you like your broccoli rabe on the crunchy side, remove from the mix before adding the white beans. Keep it on the side while the beans simmer, then add it back to the pot just before the beans are done.

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