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Bowl of brothy beans with grilled bread.

Delicious Brothy Beans

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


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
  • 1/41/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving
  • grilled bread for serving


  1. Bring Dutch Oven to medium-high heat and add olive oil; swirl to coat the pan.
  2. Add pancetta and let cook until fat begins to reduce, approximately 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, onion and leeks and let reduce about 1 minute.
  4. Add lemon zest, fresh thyme, swiss chard and arugula. Move greens around the pan until they begin to wilt; about 1 minute.
  5. Add beans, broth, parmesan rind, lemon juice, white wine and salt.
  6. Cover and let simmer 10-15 minutes.
  7. Taste and adjust salt, as desired.
  8. 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.

Keywords: brothy beans