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Spicy Beans with Wilted Greens image

Provided by Bon Appétit Test Kitchen

Categories     Soup/Stew     Bean     Leafy Green     Dinner     Lunch     Kale     Spinach     Winter     Healthy     Bon Appétit     Pescatarian     Wheat/Gluten-Free     Peanut Free     Tree Nut Free     Soy Free     No Sugar Added     Kosher

Yield Makes 6 servings

Number Of Ingredients 14

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained (optional)
4 chiles de árbol or 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
4 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 sprig rosemary
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1 Parmesan rind (optional), plus shaved Parmesan for serving
1 pound dried white beans or chickpeas, soaked overnight, drained
1 bunch kale or mustard greens, ribs and stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped
1 large bunch flat-leaf spinach, trimmed, coarsely chopped
4 cups trimmed arugula or watercress, divided
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


  • Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook anchovies, if using, chiles, and garlic, stirring occasionally, until garlic is soft and anchovies are dissolved, about 4 minutes. Add onion, celery, and rosemary; season with salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is very soft and golden brown, 8-10 minutes.
  • Add Parmesan rind, if using, beans, and 10 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally and adding more water as needed, until beans are beginning to fall apart, 3-4 hours.
  • Lightly crush some beans to give stew a creamy consistency. Mix in kale, spinach, and half of arugula; season with salt and pepper. Cook until greens are wilted, 5-8 minutes.
  • Toss remaining arugula with lemon juice and 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Divide stew among bowls; top with arugula, shaved Parmesan, and a drizzle of oil.
  • DO AHEAD: Stew can be made 3 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.

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