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Italian White Beans and Greens
with parmesan polenta / bread

Active: 45 Total: 45

This Italian-inspired meal is comforting and classic. Best served in shallow bowls to contain the polenta and sauce, you'll want to get some of each component in every bite.
Smarts: Serving this dish with bread is completely optional, but it's great for scooping and dipping the creamy dish.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Italian White Beans with Tomato Sauce and Greens:
  • Power greens - 5 oz, chopped (labeled as “power greens” these are usually a mix that includes spinach and kale; sub baby spinach)
  • Shallots - 2 cloves, diced
  • Beans, cannellini or any white variety (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Italian seasoning - 2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can (sub tomato sauce or puree)
  • Bread (opt) - for serving (use baguette or an Italian-style like ciabatta)
Creamy Parmesan Polenta:
  • Cheese, parmesan - 1 oz, grated, plus more for serving
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Milk - 1 cup (sub water)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Polenta - 1/2 cup (use regular polenta; if using instant polenta, adjust according to package directions)
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Cheese / Greens / Shallots - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Combine water, milk, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, keeping a close eye on it because milk can easily spill over. Add polenta while whisking to prevent lumps. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until polenta becomes thick and creamy, 20 to 25 minutes. (Keep an eye on it as it cooks. If the water evaporates too quickly and polenta thickens, add some additional water.)

  2. Heat a large saute pan or skillet with oil over low-medium heat.

  3. Add shallots and greens. Saute until greens are wilted and any excess liquid has cooked off, 4 to 6 minutes.

  4. To greens, add in Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, crushed tomatoes, and beans. Cook until greens are coated in tomato sauce and beans are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Season with some salt and pepper.

  5. Return to polenta and whisk in butter and cheese. Taste and season with some more salt, if needed.

  6. Toast bread if you'd like it warm. 

  7. Divide polenta between serving bowls. Serve beans and sauce over top and bread on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (58)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (19)

Most Helpful

Made pork tenderloin instead of chops and marinated a little under 24 hours. Delicious!! Also used precooked polenta tube for ease of cooking but it probably would have been even better with the real thing! Agree with another user that I didn’t think the tomato sauce would go so well with pork but it did!!

By: Jennifer
Posted: Nov 04, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

41 reviews

this was fantastic and so easy. Made the polenta in the IP and it was great, the rest was super easy and everyone loved it. Thanks for another good one!

By: Ann
Posted: Jan 07, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Fantastic meal! We used stewed tomatoes instead of crushed ones. This was Deee-licious!!

By: Brian
Posted: Dec 02, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Wasn't looking forward to making this meal, but it is on my top 10 list now! Flavors and textures match up great 👍🏻

By: justen
Posted: Nov 29, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Love!!

By: Sarah
Posted: Nov 17, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

We liked this and would make again if it comes up in future meal plans, but probably wouldn't go out of my way to make. It had good flavors and complex textures, but overall good meal.

By: Elissa
Posted: Nov 16, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Loved this! fast, easy, healthy and *so* flavorful and wholesome!

By: Rosemary
Posted: Nov 16, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
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