Collard Greens and Beans

Collard Greens and Beans

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  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    2 h 25 m
  • Ready In

    2 h 35 m
Melanie E.
Recipe by  Melanie E.

“Caramelized onions, bacon, and cannellini beans add depth of flavor to collard greens. So delicious! Serve with a dollop of sour cream and/or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. ”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep pan with a lid, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove the bacon pieces from the pan, and set aside.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and stir the sliced onion into the hot bacon fat. Cook and stir the onion until it begins to brown, scraping the bits off the bottom of the pan, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook and stir 4 more minutes. Return the bacon to the pan, stir in the collard greens, and toss gently until the greens are wilted, about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the water to almost cover the collard greens, and stir in the brown sugar, vinegar, crushed red pepper, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer the collard greens until very tender, 1 to 2 hours.
  4. About 1/2 hour before serving, stir the cannellini beans into the collard greens, and return to a simmer.

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Made them tonight with a few changes and we really liked them. Must say collards aren't our favorite, but hubby said this recipe is definitely a keeper. My changes--an extra slice of bacon, white onion instead of red (didn't have any red), 1 bunch of collards (didn't measure it in cups), chicken broth instead of water, no red pepper flakes, and pintos instead of cannellini beans. Some of the changes had more effect than others, I'm sure. I used what I had. Oh, and one other thing--while the greens were simmering, I tossed some raw sweet italian sausages in to cook on top. Served with very basic biscuits--the biscuits were yummy with the pot liquor. Anyway, given that we're not working with our favorite ingredient, and the recipe was still yummy even with all the things I had to do to fit what I had, I rate this five stars. Very good.



I really liked this but I added sweet potato pieces which I think made the dish. I also didn't cook it as long, and I thought it was delicious.



I love this recipe! I'm from the South and I'm a little picky about my collard greens, and this recipe is wonderful! There are so many tasty flavors involved. I sometimes add chicken sausage to this when it's done and eat it as a whole meal.

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 163 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs
  • 24.8 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 8.3 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 7 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 484 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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