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White Beans with Roasted Broccoli & Parmesan

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  • 1 (1-pound) package Camellia Brand Large Lima Beans
  • 3 ounces Parmesan with rind
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, (about 3 small heads), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces pancetta
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Total time:
2 hours, 45 minutes
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
2 hours, 30 minutes


  1. Rinse and sort beans, and place in a large heavy pot.
  2. Remove rind from Parmesan. Add rind along with onion and 3 cloves garlic to beans in pot. Add water to cover beans by 2 inches; season with salt.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, adding water as needed to keep beans submerged, until beans are tender, about 2 hours. Let cool, Discard vegetables and Parmesan rind, and drain.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon oil to a skillet over medium-low heat, and cook the pancetta, turning as needed so it doesn't burn, for about 6 minutes, until crispy. Set aside to cool. Crumble and reserve.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°. Toss broccoli with 1/4 cup oil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and smashed garlic. Spread evenly on a sheet pan, with smashed garlic towards the center of the pan to keep it from burning. Roast broccoli until tender and browned, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool.
  6. Finely chop a handful of roasted broccoli. In a large bowl, toss the chopped broccoli with the crumbled pancetta, lemon zest, lemon juice, and beans.
  7. Shave half of the Parmesan over the mixture. Add remaining roasted broccoli and 1/4 cup oil; toss and season with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Shave remaining Parmesan over all and serve.