Swiss Chard with Borlotti Beans (Verdure con Fagioli)

  • Serves

    serves 6-8

  • Cook

    2 hours 25 minutes


Winemaker Emidio Pepe's wife, Rosa, folds sautéed garlic and aromatic vegetables into this brothy beans-and-greens side dish to add body and an earthy depth. Featured in: The Road to Abruzzo

Find this recipe in our cookbook, SAVEUR: Italian Comfort Food


  • 2 cups dried borlotti or cranberry beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 7 lb. Swiss chard, trimmed, leaves and tender stems roughly chopped
  • 13 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • 12 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 4 stallks celery, cut into 1/4" pieces
  • 3 carrots, cut into 1/4" pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut intio 1/4" pieces
  • 2 cups chicken stock


Step 1

Boil beans and 6 cups water in a 6-qt. saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until beans are tender, about 2 hours. Drain beans; set aside. Fill saucepan with salted water; boil. Cook chard until wilted and stems are tender, 4–6 minutes; drain and transfer chard to an ice bath until chilled, and then drain and squeeze dry. Add 1⁄4 cup oil and the chile flakes to saucepan; heat over medium. Cook garlic, celery, carrots, and onion until golden, 8–10 minutes. Add reserved beans and chard, the stock, salt, and pepper; simmer until stock is slightly reduced, 6–8 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish; drizzle with remaining oil.

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