White Beans and Rib Greens

Sherry Blizzard


Holy smokes this turned out fantastic! I hate wasting those tough ribs from turnip greens, kale and etc. NEVER throw out your ribs again. They cook up quite nicely with beans and a smoked ham hock, salt pork or bacon ends.

Coming from a family of Colorado pinto bean farmers, I love, love, love my beans and my mother makes sure I have a good supply here in Fairbanks, Alaska all year long.

White beans just sounded right at the time. Beans and greens make a perfect marriage!

I pressure cooked mine but there is no reason you can't open kettle your rib greens and beans.


★★★★★ 2 votes

15 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 1 lb
    small white beans
  • 3 c
    turnip or other green ribs, diced
  • 1 c
    fine diced bacon (or use a ham hock or salt pork)
  • 2 clove
    garlic, diced
  • ·
    water to cover 3" above ingredients
  • ·

How to Make White Beans and Rib Greens


  1. These are the ingredients you will need. (Note: I only used 1/2 the bag of beans or 1 lb.)
  2. Sort the beans. Despite what some people believe, packaged beans are still dirty and you should remove all debris.
  3. Wash beans thoroughly under cold water.
  4. Dice up the rib greens (this is the tough part of kale, collard and turnip greens we normally throw away.)
  5. Combine all ingredients into the pressure cooker or into a large dutch oven or soup pot. Add pepper.
  6. If pressure cooking, cook for 1 hour. If open kettle, cook until beans are at desired tenderness.
  7. I would suggest serving this up with a pan of cornbread. Let that cornbread soak up all those wonderful juices. If you want some added spice, you should sprinkle on a little Louisiana Hot Sauce.

Printable Recipe Card

About White Beans and Rib Greens

Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

Show 46 Comments & Reviews

Easy Homemade Soup Recipes

Easy Homemade Soup Recipes

Kitchen Crew

In my part of the country, one day it's cold the next it's warm. I'm not sure Mother Nature can figure out what season it is. Even if the weather...

How To Make Butternut Squash With A Pecan Brioche Crust Recipe

How to Make Butternut Squash With a Pecan Brioche Crust

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Butternut squash is delicious with its natural buttery sweetness. What would happen if you roasted it and added a crumbled crust to the top? Well, you have a fancy (but...

How To Make Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Recipe

How to Make Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Love pasta but not the carbs? Then try roasted spaghetti squash the next time a pasta craving hits. Naturally gluten-free, it’s low in carbs and calories but full of vitamins....