Brothy Butter Beans and Kale

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This one-pot brothy butter beans recipe is deliciously simple and a great go-to for those cold weather nights when you want something comforting. Ready in 30 minutes or less, these creamy butter beans are loaded with garlic, herbs, kale, and a splash of heavy cream. Serve with toasted sourdough bread and shaved Parmesan for an easy weeknight dinner.


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 3-4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 3 (15 oz.) cans large butter beans, drained
  • 32 oz. veggie stock (or chicken stock)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups thinly sliced kale
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper

Serve With

  • grilled/toasted sourdough
  • shaved Parmesan cheese
  • red pepper flakes
  • fresh cracked pepper


  1. Heat oil and butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and a couple pinches of salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, and smoked paprika along with a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  4. Add beans, stock, and bay leaves to the pot. Add a few large pinches of salt and pepper.
  5. Turn heat up to medium-high and bring to a simmer.
  6. Reduce heat and gently simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaves.
  7. Stir in kale until it wilts.
  8. Stir in heavy cream and balsamic vinegar.
  9. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Don't be afraid to salt this dish moderately since it's made with such simple ingredients! Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
  10. Serve over toasted sourdough or Italian bread and enjoy!



  • Salt this dish at every step! Taste as you go and season liberally throughout the cooking process. Because these ingredients are fairly straightforward and uncomplicated, a moderate amount of salt and pepper is going to go a long way in creating a delicious dish.
  • This recipe relies on canned beans for a quick and easy dinner, but if you prefer to cook your beans from dried that works too! Once you're done cooking them using your preferred method, you can use them in this recipe just like you would canned beans.