Garlicky Beans and Toast

A savory toast that goes with breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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  • 2 cups great northern beans (or navy, cannellini, or other white beans) OR 3 cans of these beans
  • 1 large onion peeled, cut in half (omit if using canned beans)
  • 2 large carrot cut into 4 pieces each (omit if using canned beans)
  • 3 each bay leaves (omit if using canned beans)
  • 3 tbsps olive oil (or canola, vegetable)
  • 1 bunch kale washed, cut into 1-inch pieces (or collard greens)
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt kosher; plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper black; freshly ground
  • 6 slices whole wheat bread toasted (or sourdough)
  • 1/4 tsp chili flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese shredded


  1. If using dried beans, rinse them and put them in a pot. Add enough water to cover them by 2 inches and leave to soak overnight. Drain before use. If using canned beans, skip the next 2 steps.
  2. If using dried beans: Combine the beans in a large pot with enough water to cover by 2 inches. Add the onion, carrots, and bay leaves, turn the heat to medium-high, and bring the beans to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat so the beans are at a bare simmer, cover, and cook until the beans are very tender, about 1 hour.
  3. Discard the onion, carrots, and bay leaves and strain the beans, reserving all of the cooking liquid.
  4. In a deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until it shimmers. Stir in the kale and sauté until very tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until it starts to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in the drained beans, 1 cup cooking liquid or water, and salt. Cook just until the beans are hot and the flavors have melded, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the pepper, taste, and add more salt if needed.
  5. Divide the toast among shallow serving bowls. Sprinkle with chili flakes, if using, and spoon the bean mixture and broth on top. Finish with the Parmesan and serve hot.

Recipe Tips

This can be a meal for any time of day, even breakfast!

If you don't have kale or other leafy greens, try using minced broccoli.

Nutrition Facts
Garlicky Beans and Toast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 628mg 26%
Potassium 486mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 3g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 148%
Vitamin C 30%
Vitamin D0%
Calcium 13%
Iron 15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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