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All Recipes, Main Dishes / September 11, 2023

Garlic Butter Beans with Spinach | HEALTHY & Delicious 20 Minute Recipe

These Garlic Butter Beans with Spinach, known in Spain as Alubias de la Granja con Espinacas, are what healthy and delicious food is all about. We´re talking a ton of great flavors, heart-healthy ingredients and all done in just 20 minutes.

Garlic Butter Beans with Spinach
These beans can be served warm, at room temperature or even chilled. In Spain they´re typically enjoyed as a side dish, next to some grilled fish. But you can also serve them as a main course, next to a crunchy baguette for a fulfilling and nutritious meal.

Garlic Butter Beans with Spinach
For the spinach I used fresh bagged spinach. But you can also use the frozen stuff. Just thaw out beforehand and pat completely dry. For the butter beans I used jarred, which is the same thing as the canned ones. You can also use dried if you like. Just soak overnight and simmer the following day.

Garlic Butter Beans with Spinach

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: I topped off the beans with a kiss of grated Manchego cheese that was aged for 6 months. But you can use whatever type of cheese you like. This dish will hold for up 4 to 5 days in the fridge.

Garlic Butter Beans with Spinach

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Garlic Butter Beans with Spinach
5 from 4 votes

Garlic Butter Beans with Spinach

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 234 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 can butter beans 20 oz / 570 grams
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 5 oz fresh bagged spinach 150 grams
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme .5 grams
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads .17 grams
  • 1 cup vegetable broth 240 ml
  • 1 oz Manchego cheese 28 grams
  • 1 lemon
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Drain the beans into a fine sieve and rinse under water, roughly chop the cloves of garlic and roughly chop the spinach

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. After a couple of minutes add in the chopped garlic, mix continuously, after 1 minute and the garlic is fragrant, add in the thyme and saffron, quickly mix together, then add in the drained butter beans, broth and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together and then simmer

  4. After 5 to 10 minutes and the broth has reduced in half, start adding the chopped spinach and mixing it around that way it easily wilts, do this in batches so the spinach does not overflow out of the pan

  5. Once all the spinach has been added and it´s lightly wilted, remove the pan from the heat

  6. Transfer into serving dishes, topped off with a kiss of grated cheese and some lemon zest, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Beans with Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 840mg37%
Potassium 573mg16%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 3378IU68%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 164mg16%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Ali

    5 stars
    This was delicious and super easy! Only devation I made was using parm instead of manchego, since I had some on hand

    28 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed it! Parm is a great sub for Manchego 🙂 Much love

      29 . Nov . 2023
  2. Ion

    5 stars
    I just got to say one word and one word only
    the only deviation I made to it is that I used chicken broth instead of the vegi broth because that is what I had handy and I used a Idiazabal cheese, which is goat cheese
    Give it five minutes after finish cooking for the flavors to merge and this this POPS
    Thank you for sharing

    21 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      22 . Sep . 2023
  3. Cynthia

    5 stars
    This fits right in my plant based diet. Easy, affordable and delicious. Thank you

    18 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      19 . Sep . 2023
  4. Prem Singh

    Hi, I wonder weather you could add flake almonds for a little nutty sweetness . I don’t want to mess around with your dish if you think this won’t work

    13 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      You could give it a try!! Much love 🙂

      17 . Sep . 2023
  5. Pat

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I added finely diced onion. The zested lemon really elevated the flavor. We put ours over brown rice. I will be making this again!

    11 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!!! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      11 . Sep . 2023
  6. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me i never had garlic butter beans with spinach before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    11 . Sep . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      11 . Sep . 2023

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