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Chef John's Rocket Beans Recipe
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Chef John’s Rocket Beans
See how to make an amazing arugula, bacon, and butter bean side dish. See more
  • READY IN 30 mins

Chef John's Rocket Beans

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"Rocket is another name for arugula. I love to use it as an herb, but don't buy it in the herb section of the supermarket; buy it in the lettuce section. This is an incredibly fast, incredibly simple, but satisfying rustic bean side dish."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Cook bacon in olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Pour butter beans into bacon and drippings; toss lightly. Season with salt and black pepper; cook 3 more minutes to blend flavors.
  2. Stir garlic into beans and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Toss arugula into mixture and cook until wilted; remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice.
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Apr 30, 2014

I really liked this, but I wanted to make it more substantial so I added some broccoli. I cooked the bacon, then removed it from the pan. Then I cooked the broccoli in the bacon fat, salt, pepper, and garlic. Then I threw in the beans and greens, turned off the heat stirred for about 2mins, added the lemon juice, and stirred again. I served the bacon on top to keep it crispy. Definitely do not skip the lemon, it adds a nice, bright flavor!

Jan 14, 2014

This was awesome! I don't like Lima beans however these were delicious, with hints of smokey, tangy and salty. I am on a slow carb diet and these are a perfect addition to it. Yum! One note of caution, only cook the beans the 3 minutes before adding the arugula other wise they will start to mash while waiting for the arugula to wilt. The bacon I bought had 12 slices which I also cut up and put into 2 additional plastic bags for more meals.


13 Ratings

Jan 02, 2014

I didn't change a thing in the recipe, however I did make it way to soon and had to reheat and because of that it wasn't as pretty, but it was still fantastic! I will make these again and again!

Sep 28, 2014

These beans are so good! I couldn't find any arugula at my grocery store so I substituted baby spinach. Other than that, I didn't change a thing. Fast, easy, delicious.

Jan 07, 2014

So fast and delicious! I actually forgot to sprinkle the lemon juice on at the end, and it was still amazing. I'll remember next time. I added a shake of Parmesan cheese. Family loved it!

Apr 25, 2014

This recipe is wonderful! It makes for a quick work day lunch as well. Didn't change a thing.

Jan 22, 2014

Way too much lemon for my liking. It's a great recipe otherwise, and I will make it again. Thank you.

Oct 26, 2014

This was perfect for the cool autumn day. Great taste, very quick and easy to make. I will make this again, but I will use more arugula, perhaps as much as twice the recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 160 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 8.7 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 583 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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