Pan-Seared White Beans with Chard and Onions

Recipe: Pan Seared White Beans with Onions and Chard

I’ve never been a big meat eater – growing up, my mom would say, “Eat the meat on your plate. Then you can have more sweet peas!” – so sometimes I wonder if I’m getting enough protein. One of my friends suggested beans as a good protein source, which reminded me of the random can of white beans lounging in my pantry. After googling “what in the world to make with white beans,” I came across this recipe from theKitchn.

Ingredients: serves 2

  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 4 large stems red (or rainbow) chard
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can cannelloni (white) beans
  • 1 teaspoon Herbs de Provence
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Juice and zest from 1/4 large lemon

Ingredients: Pan Seared White Beans with Chard and Onions

  • Separate leaves from chard stems. 
  • Slice the leaves, chop the stems, and place in separate bowls.
  • Cook sliced onions in EVOO over medium high heat until soft, approximately 6-8 minutes.
  • Stir in chard stems, and cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, and cook about 1 minute.
  • Remove onion mixture with a slotted spoon, and set aside.

Pan Seared White Beans

  • Add a little more EVOO to the pan.
  • Cook beans in a single layer – without stirring – for 2 minutes.
  • Stir beans, and re-spread them in a single layer in the pan. Decrease heat, if necessary.
  • Cook beans – without stirring – for another 2 minutes.
  • Add chard leaves, Herbs de Provence, and salt. Stir, and cook until greens are wilted (about 3 minutes).
  • Stir in onion mixture, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Serve immediately 🙂

Pan Seared White Beans with Chard and Onions


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  1. This looks great! I usually use white beans in a few soups that I make. I will add this recipe to my rotation. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Joy and Sunshine says:

      Thanks for the tip! I want to make/freeze some soups for colder days when I don’t feel like cooking, but still want to eat. White beans will be a great addition.

  2. This does look good. I made this fiesta chicken with black beans the other night, but I could easily sub white beans in the recipe. Hmmmm….

  3. Looks delish! I am out of vegetable ideas lately. This will work wonderfully…thanks J&S!

    • Joy and Sunshine says:

      You’re welcome! Sometimes I feel like I make the same things over and over again; it’s nice to change it up a bit 🙂

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