Keep this sauteed greens dish clean & vegan or make it a hearty meal by adding sausage and garnish with parmesan cheese.



Sauteed Hearty Greens with White Beans

Keep it clean & vegan or make it a hearty meal by adding sausage and garnish with parmesan cheese

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


  • ¼ cup tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 12 cups (about 1.5 lbs) mixed greens such as mustard greens, spinach or kale, chopped
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans cannellini or northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • Zest of one lemon
  • A dash of sea salt
  • A dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional, to make it a meal:
  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
  • 1 lb. Whole grain penne pasta


  1. If you plan to make penne & sausage, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook penne until al dente. Slice sausage and brown in a large skillet.
  2. Meanwhile, in another large skillet, sauté garlic in oil over medium heat until golden brown, about 1 minute.
  3. Add greens and sauté, stirring often until wilted and bright green, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to another bowl. If you plan to eat the greens plain, drain them. If you plan to serve them over pasta, then reserve the juices.
  4. Add broth to skillet and deglaze, scraping down the sides. Add beans and simmer until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Return greens to skillet, toss gently with lemon zest and basil and season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper.
  6. Serve as a side dish or over pasta with sausage for a filling meal.

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