Hoppin’ Giovanni (Rapini with white beans)

This simple dish of beans and greens comes from Mary Ann Esposito’s Ciao Italia. It’s similar in many ways to the traditional “Hoppin’ John” served for good luck for the new year.

Hoppin’ Giovanni

Wash and chop a bunch of rapini (broccoli rabe). If you can’t find rapini, some other mild green like turnip greens (or even kale) would work nicely.

Mince a shallot fine and saute in a large pan in olive oil until fragrant. Add a few generous pinches of red pepper flakes. Put the chopped rapini into the pan and cook until the greens are cooked through.

Drain and rinse a can of white beans (cannellini). When the greens are cooked through, add the beans and stir. You can add a little more olive oil to the pan at this point if you want to. Stir and then bring back up to heat.

Serve hot. This would go good with pasta.

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