Delicious Brothy Beans – a quick and easy brothy beans recipe that is a bowl of comfort food! Serve with grilled bread for the perfect meal!
A Delicious Brothy Beans Recipe
This pot of brothy beans is a MUST try! Add in that grilled bread and… oh my! It is so good, you need to make it ASAP. The perfect little bowl of comfort food that will really hit the spot on those cold winter nights or make it ahead of time and enjoy for lunches all week at work. And you if you are a pancetta-lover, like us, you should also try our Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta!
What You Will Need
- olive oil – just a splash in the pot to get the party started.
- pancetta – we absolutely love pancetta, but you could also use bacon or leave it out all-together if you want it to be vegetarian.
- garlic & yellow onion – a classic flavor combo for any dish.
- lemon – the acidity really amps up all the great flavor.
- fresh thyme leaves – the perfect compliment to the pancetta and all the other flavors.
- leeks, fresh swiss chard, & arugula – a really delicious blend of greens that bring so much great flavor!
- cannellini beans – we used canned beans to make it quicker and easier but you could also make your own!
- chicken broth – just grab your favorite one.
- parmesan cheese – you will need a rind for tossing in the pot and some that is shredded for sprinkling on top.
- white wine – the recipe only calls for a tablespoon but feel free to add a little more!
- kosher salt – you always need a little for seasoning.
- grilled bread – this is a MUST!! It is SO GOOD!
Canned Beans vs. Homemade Beans
This is entirely up to you! We used canned cannellini beans in this recipe to make the process quicker and easier, but you can absolutely make your beans at home if you want. If that is your jam – here is a great article on how to do that!
How To Store Brothy Beans
Any leftovers can easily be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. The Grilled Bread can just be tossed in a bag that can be stored at room temp, it really is best right off the grill but you can keep it.
How To Make Brothy Beans
Grab a dutch oven, drizzle in some olive oil, toss in the pancetta until the fat begins to render and then add the garlic, onion, leeks, and lemon zest.
Next, you can add the swiss chard, arugula, and fresh thyme and cook until they begin to wilt.
Now comes the beans and kosher salt.
Plus the parmesan rind, lemon juice, broth, and white wine.
Cover and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Enjoy with some shredded parmesan on top and….
a beautiful slice of grilled bread!
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Delicious Brothy Beans – quick and easy brothy beans recipe that is a bowl of comfort food! Serve with grilled bread for the perfect meal!
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4oz pancetta, diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 cup leeks, chopped
- zest of one lemon, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 handfuls fresh swiss chard, chopped (leaves and stems)
- 1 handful arugula
- 2 15oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed*
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 parmesan rind
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon white wine (more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4–1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving
- grilled bread for serving
- Bring Dutch Oven to medium-high heat and add olive oil; swirl to coat the pan.
- Add pancetta and let cook until fat begins to reduce, approximately 1-2 minutes.
- Add garlic, onion and leeks and let reduce about 1 minute.
- Add lemon zest, fresh thyme, swiss chard and arugula. Move greens around the pan until they begin to wilt; about 1 minute.
- Add beans, broth, parmesan rind, lemon juice, white wine and salt.
- Cover and let simmer 10-15 minutes.
- Taste and adjust salt, as desired.
- Serve with grilled bread for dipping.
- Pancetta: If you want to make this a vegetarian meal you can omit the pancetta, but the flavor won’t be as well-rounded as you will be missing that fat element. You can also use bacon, but it has a stronger flavor so don’t go too crazy and you may want to drain excess fat that reduces.
- Leeks: you can also use fennel if you want to!
- Cannellini Beans: if you want to cook your own beans before hand, please feel free! We wanted this to be a weeknight-friendly recipe, but if you are making it on the weekend then by all means please cook your beans yourself – here is a great article on how to do that!
- Grilled Bread: This recipe kind of requires you to dip bread in it!! You just have to! So even if you don’t make grilled bread, I would highly suggest you grab some sort of bread (even just a sourdough) takes this recipe to the next level.
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