Garlicky White Beans with Spinach and Tomatoes

Garlicky, gluten free white beans with spinach and tomatoes

Oh, hey. Remember me? I’m baaaaack. I just had a few things to take care of, like move back and forth between Israel, New York, and Massachusetts a few times. Oh, and have a baby. Who is now a toddler. Time flies, huh? But I never stopped cooking. I was roasting chicken with an infant strapped to me and making peanut butter cups during nap time. I now excel at making scrambled eggs one-handed while a twenty-something pound child rests on my left hip. And I’ve increased my repertoire of quick, easy meals like these White Beans with Spinach and Tomatoes, which are ready in just 10 minutes! Who doesn’t have time for that?

We’ve become obsessed with white beans lately. My husband went on a “slow carb” health kick for a while, which is a little bit paleo, a little bit low carb, but it allows legumes – thank goodness! I’m not big into diets but I’m always up for a challenge and enjoy eating healthy. So I came up with this recipe, which is an amazing gluten free side or base for a meal. I love to roast shrimp and throw them on top, but it would go well with any meat. It’s also hearty enough to be a vegetarian and vegan meal on its own, maybe with a side of roasted cauliflower (another obsession of mine).

Garlicky, gluten free white beans with spinach and tomatoes

This dish is packed with protein and garlicky goodness, not to mention spinach, tomatoes, and fresh herbs. It all comes together in a single skillet and requires very little chopping or prep. It’s also pretty perfect year round, though if you can get garden fresh herbs in the summer it’s that much better. Use cannelini or great white northern beans. If you’re feeling like something slightly richer, add some freshly grated parmesan.

Garlicky, gluten free white beans with spinach and tomatoes


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Garlicky White Beans with Spinach and Tomatoes
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This garlicky, gluten free recipe for white beans with spinach and tomatoes is ready in under 15 minutes and makes the perfect side dish to any meal.
Recipe Type: Side
Yield: 4-6 servings
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed*
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped basil
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté for a few minutes until aromatic; do not burn.
  3. Add the beans and toss to coat in garlic and oil.
  4. Add the spinach; cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil, parsley, and salt. Serve.
*Use cannelini or great white northern beans

Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, kosher (parve), slow carb friendly


12 thoughts on “Garlicky White Beans with Spinach and Tomatoes

  1. John/Kitchen Riffs

    Welcome back! I’ve missed you. So happy to see another recipe from you. And what a dish you’ve made for us! Love this combo of ingredients, and such a nice warm weather dish. Really it’s a complete meal. Thank you!

  2. Liz

    SO wonderful to see you blogging again, Katherine!!! And congratulations on expanding your lovely family. This looks like a terrific, healthy dish! xo

  3. mjskit

    Welcome Back Katherine!!! We missed you! Girl…you have been busy. Just having a baby was enough of an excuse. 🙂 Congratulations! I love the picture in your email notice. Glad to see you back and what a great post to jump back on board with! This is a bean loving household so any bean recipe is a great one! Love the proteins, vegetables and flavors of this dish. Looking forward to more wonderful things from you. 🙂

  4. Stacy

    Welcome back, Katherine, and congratulations on your new addition! He’s adorable. I love this bean dish too. Great flavor combination!

  5. judee@ Gluten Free A-Z Blog

    Oh Katherine,
    I missed you and your blog- Welcome back to the states,congrats on your little one, and thanks for a great recipe. I was going to start a low carb diet today- maybe I’ll start with slow carb like your husband.

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