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Cheesy Beans and Greens

With only 9 ingredients, this one-pot cheesy beans and greens casserole can be made in under 35 minutes. 

Cheesy Beans and Greens

If you’re looking for an easy meal that’s full of flavour and nutrition, look no further than this Cheesy Beans and Greens one pot meal! With a combination of savoury white beans, tangy artichoke hearts, and creamy creme fraiche, this casserole is a delicious way to add more veggies and protein to your diet. There’s no doubt this will become a family favourite and the best part it only takes 45 minutes to make! 


Nutritious and Delicious 

This Cheesy Beans and Greens bake is not only invitingly vibrant green but also incredibly nutritious. The kale in this recipe is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like calcium and iron. Additionally, this superfood also contains antioxidants that help protect your cells from damage and inflammation. 

Furthermore, white beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein and fibre, which can help keep you full and satisfied for longer periods. Lastly, the artichoke hearts add a flavourful, tangy taste that complements the creaminess of the creme fraiche. This hearty one pot meal is a great way to get at least 3 of your five a day ticked off.

Cheesy Beans and Greens

Cheesy and packed with flavour

This delectable dish offers a harmony of flavours. First, the leeks add a delicate onion flavour that pairs perfectly with the earthy taste of the kale. The artichoke hearts provide a tangy and slightly sour taste that cuts through the creaminess of the creme fraiche, adding depth to the dish. And let’s not forget about the richness that the creme fraiche adds, making the dish both comforting and satisfying.

The cheesy topping is the ultimate finishing touch, adding a savoury, nutty flavour and a crispy texture that elevates the dish to the next level. With all of these unique and flavourful ingredients coming together in one dish, this casserole is a perfect example of how simple ingredients can create complex and delicious flavours.

One pot wonder

With just one pot and 45 minutes, you can have a delicious and hearty meal on the table that’s perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. Plus, leftovers can be easily reheated for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with this recipe either! You can swap out different kinds of beans or greens depending on what’s available (or what your family likes). Add spices like chilli powder or oregano for extra flavour. Or try different types of cheeses like feta or cheddar for an even cheesier casserole. View the cook-along video here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use different greens instead of kale?

Absolutely! This recipe is versatile and can be customised to your preferences. You can use spinach, or chard instead of kale.

Can I substitute creme fraiche with sour cream? 

Yes, you can use sour cream as a substitute for creme fraiche if you don’t have it on hand. However, the flavour and consistency may be slightly different.

Can I add meat to this casserole?

Yes, you can add cooked chicken, sausage, or bacon to this casserole if you like.

How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, simply microwave or heat in the oven until heated through.


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Cheesy Beans and Greens

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  • Author: Jess
  • Total Time: <35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4


With only 9 ingredients, this one-pot cheesy beans and greens casserole can be made in under 35 minutes.


  • 200g kale, stems and leaves
  • 250 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 large leek
  • 2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 150g jarred artichoke hearts (or substitute for your preferred filling)
  • 4 Tbsp/60g creme fraiche
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 ball mozzarella or a handful of melty cheese of choice
  • 15g parmesan (optional)


  1. Rinse the kale, then remove the stems from the leaves. Finely chop the kale stems and roughly chop the leaves.
  2. Place an oven-safe casserole over a medium heat, add a drizzle of oil, and then, once hot, add the kale stems.
  3. Sautee the stems until they begin to soften. Add in the leaves and half the stock and cook until wilted.
  4. Remove the kale and liquid from the dish and add to a blender. Blend until a fine puree. Set aside
  5. Thinly slice leeks and add to the casserole dish, cook over a medium heat until they are soft. Grate in the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Add in the beans, remaining vegetable stock, pureed kale, and creme fraiche. Season well to taste.
  7. Half your artichoke hearts or cut your alternative filling into bitesize pieces. The beans should be glossy and saucy at this stage. Add a little more stock or water if necessary to achieve your desired consistency.
  8. Tear up a ball of fresh mozzarella, and evenly distribute it over the beans and greens, followed by a sprinkle of parmesan.
  9. Place under the grill at 200C for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
  10. Serve immediately and enjoy.
    Serving suggestion: This dish is a wonderful and complete one-pot meal, but if you want to add a side, a bright tangy salad would pair well with this dish or add some crusty garlic bread to swipe through the sauce.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Quick and Easy
  • Method: Oven Bake


  • Serving Size: Serves 3-4
  • Calories: 389.86kcal
  • Sugar: 3.44g
  • Sodium: 915.8mg
  • Fat: 13.85g
  • Carbohydrates: 45.77g
  • Fiber: 12.04g
  • Protein: 23.29g
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