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Catalan Sauteed Polenta & Butter Beans

  • 35 m
  • 35 m
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“This dish is a satisfying vegetarian meal complete with spinach, beans and polenta, inspired by classic Spanish flavors. Note: Look for smoked paprika with other specialty spices; it's available in three varieties: sweet, bittersweet and hot. Sweet is the most versatile, but if you like a little bit of heat, choose the hot variety. You can find Spanish products in specialty-foods stores or online at Make it a Meal: Enjoy with a green salad tossed with sherry vinaigrette and a glass of Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône.”


    • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 16-ounce tube prepared plain polenta, cut into ½-inch cubes
    • 1 clove garlic,minced
    • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
    • 1 red bell pepper, diced
    • ½ teaspoon paprika, preferably smoked, plus more for garnish (see Note)
    • 1 15-ounce can butter beans, rinsed
    • 4 cups packed baby spinach
    • ¾ cup vegetable broth
    • ½ cup shredded Manchego or Monterey Jack cheese
    • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar


  • 1 Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add polenta and cook in a single layer, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • 2 Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil and garlic to the pan, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring, until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in beans, spinach and broth; cook, stirring, until the beans are heated through and the spinach is wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese and vinegar. Serve vegetables over polenta. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.
  • Smoked paprika is available in three varieties: sweet, bittersweet and hot. Sweet is the most versatile, but choose hot if you like a bit of heat. Find it in well-stocked supermarkets or specialty-foods stores.
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