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Sauteed Swiss Chard and White Beans is an Italian-inspired side dish that comes together quickly with only 4 ingredients---Swiss chard, olive oil, garlic and white beans.
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Sauteed Swiss Chard and Beans

Sauteed Swiss Chard and White Beans, an Italian-inspired side dish, comes together quickly with only 4 ingredients---Swiss chard, olive oil, garlic and cannellini beans.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Italian Swiss Chard, Sauteed Swiss Chard, Swiss Chard and Beans
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 176kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 2 pounds Swiss chard
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 15.5 ounces Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and black pepper


  • Wash Swiss chard to remove dirt and sand
  • Remove stems from the leaves.
  • Cut stems into 1 inch pieces and parboil JUST the stems in acidulated water (1 quart water with 2 Tablespoons lemon juice added) for 3 to 5 minutes; drain.
  • Cut the chard leaves into 1 inch strips. Cook JUST the leaves in a skillet over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes in the water that clings to the leaves.  Once leaves are wilted, remove from pan and set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat; add olive oil. Saute parboiled stems until tender, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add drained and rinsed cannellini beans and garlic; stirring constantly for 30 seconds (be careful not to burn garlic).
  • Add wilted Swiss chard leaves to the mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve hot. An additional drizzle of olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese are optional toppings.


Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 326mg | Potassium: 906mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 9247IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 5mg