Italian Crockpot Butter Beans With Spinach

Prep Time
5 1/2+m
Cook Time
Ready In

"I saw a similar recipe online the other day; and, realized I never posted my version. I am sure there are many versions of this same dish; but, this is my take. I usually serve this delicious side dish, with a mix of grilled Italian sausages and chicken. And, don't forget a good Italian salad to start. It's super easy, delicious; and, full of flavor."

Original is 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (122.6 g)
  • Calories 99.8
  • Total Fat - 4.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 90.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 14.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.1 g
  • Sugars - 4.6 g
  • Protein - 3 g
  • Calcium - 58.4 mg
  • Iron - 1.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 15.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Beans ... Add the beans to a large bowl; and cover with cold water. Toss the beans in the water; and throw out any skins, peels or beans that are bad. Make sure the beans are covered with at least 1" of water. Put a towel over the bowl; and, let them set on the counter over night.

Step 2

Beans ... The next day - drain and rinse the beans well; again, discarding any skins or bad beans. Add the beans to the crock pot along with enough FRESH water to cover the beans by 1".

Step 3

Vegetables and Herbs ... Add the onion, garlic, and herbs - the herbs, I like to tie together in a small bundle. Stir, just until everything is combined.

Step 4

Cook ... Cover and cook on medium heat for 6 hours. If you can, stir a couple of times during cooking. Now, remember, all crock pots cook differently. My large crock pot took 5 1/2-6 hours; but, my smaller round OLDER one took 7 1/2 hours. So, just check. You want the beans, creamy and tender; but not 'crunchy or mushy.'

Step 5

Toasted Breadcrumbs ... Add the olive oil to a medium saute pan and add the bread crumbs. Toast on medium heat until golden brown; then, set to the side.

Step 6

Finish ... Right before you drain the beans; add the spinach and toss to combine. Just for a minute ... it won't take long for it to wilt. Then, Drain the beans and spinach to a bowl, and remove the herbs. Add red pepper flakes, olive oil; and, season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Step 7

Serve and ENJOY! ... Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the beans; and serve with grilled sausages or grilled chicken on the side. ENJOY a simple rustic dish.


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