This 20-Minute Tuscan White Bean Skillet is a Dinner Winner

Tuscan White Beans on blue plates
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
4 servings

Tuscan cuisine is known for humble and delicious food, relying on impeccable regional ingredients. Don’t let this super quick vegetarian dinner recipe fool you: it’s substantial and nutritious, and the trick is to let the flavours of the marinated vegetables meld and intensify the kale and beans.

When it comes to the veggies starring in this vibrant dish, tuscan kale (often called cavolo nero or dinosaur kale or even lacinato kale) is more tender than the curly variety and is enriched with an abiding sweet and earthy flavour. Its versatility is highlighted in this quick sauté with marinated artichokes and sundried tomatoes, turning simple ingredients into a most satisfying supper.



2 ½
Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
cups torn Tuscan kale
pinch salt and pepper
onion, chopped
cloves garlic, minced
oil-packed sundried tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 ½
cups cherry tomatoes or can cherry tomatoes, drained
ml jar artichokes in oil, drained
ml/19 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
cup shaved Pecorino cheese or Parmesan cheese
Chopped parsley (optional)
drizzle extra-virgin olive oil
Artisanal loaf (optional)


ingredients for Tuscan white bean skillet
Step 1

Heat 1 ½ tsp of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add kale, and using tongs, toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with 2 tsp water to steam, tossing until wilted, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl.

kale in a cast iron skillet
Step 2

Add the remaining 2 Tbsp of oil to the pan; add onions and cook, stirring until softened, 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and sundried tomatoes and cook for 1 minute. Add cherry tomatoes and cook until almost softened, 3 minutes.

beans and tomatoes in a cast iron skillet
Step 3

Stir in beans and artichokes; cook, stirring to combine. Return the kale and cook until warmed. Top with cheese and sprinkle with parsley and drizzle with more olive oil.

Step 4

Serve with crusty bread to round out the meal.

Tuscan white bean skillet on a countertop

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