Chef John's Rocket Beans

Chef John's Rocket Beans

Chef John

"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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30 m servings 160 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 160 kcal
  • 8%
  • Fat:
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 15g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 8.7 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 583 mg
  • 23%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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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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, peppe...

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 o...

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!

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.

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!

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

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

Terrific & low calorie! I had kale so that is the green I used instead of arugula. Other reviewers said to try other greens. Also, I had to keep calories low do I used frozen Lima beans& real ba...

We just love this!!! Don't confine yourself to arugula- although it is delicious in this. We've also made it with kale, spinach, and mixed greens. Whatever greens we get from our bountiful bas...

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