Skillet Butter Bean Recipe with Pizza Cheese & Spinach

butter beans in a cast iron skillet baked under melted cheese, tomato sauce and basil

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Your family will love this easy one-skillet butter bean recipe, made with pizza cheese, baby spinach, tomato and garlic. 

I like to serve this one-skillet dinner with garlic bread or toasted baguette and arugula salad on the side.  


  • ¼ cup olive oil 
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 16-ounce cans butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 8 ounce bag grated Pizza cheese or 3 to 4 cups grated cheese, such as Asiago, low-moisture Mozzarella or other Italian cheese 
  • Fresh basil, oregano or thyme for garnish
  • Serve with garlic bread or toasted baguette 


  1. Heat oven to 475 F
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a 10 to 12 inch ovenproof skillet 
  3. Add garlic, cook for 30 seconds
  4. Add tomato paste. Cook for 1 minute more, stirring almost constantly so the garlic doesn’t burn. 
  5. Add the water and bring to a boil, stirring to blend the water in with the oil and tomato paste. 
  6. Add the beans, spinach and HALF of the cheese. Mix well. 
  7. Top with the remaining cheese
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes until the cheese is completely melted and the tomato sauce is bubbly.
  9. Snip fresh herbs over the butter beans before serving with garlic bread, or your favorite toasted bread

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