My first experience with turnips didn’t come until I joined the CSA. In fact, it was my first day on the farm and I was sent home with gorgeous Hakurei turnips. Of course, these were only one variety of turnips but over the years, I’ve experimented with most. Each turnip has a lovely, fairly mellow flavor that is perfect grilled, roasted, or added to a stir-fry. This bean bake uses the entire turnip (if you’re lucky enough to find a bunch!) The greens are slightly wilted and combined with my favorite large white beans then topped with thinly shaved turnips. This bake is hearty enough for a dinner- especially if you serve it with a slice of crusty bread.
Bean Bake with Greens and Turnips
An easy and beautiful bean bake featuring the buttery corona beans tossed with turnip or kale greens and topped with sliced turnips.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 cups packed kale or turnip greens
- 2 cups cooked Corona beans (cannellini also work)
- 2 cups crushed tomato
- 1 teaspoon fresh minced rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 medium purple top turnips, thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven to 425˚F. Heat a medium, oven-safe skillet or cast iron pan over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil to the pan, followed by the garlic. Cook the garlic until fragrant and golden; 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the greens, turn the heat to low, and cook until the greens just begins to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Stir the beans, crushed tomatoes, rosemary, salt, and pepper into the greens mixture. Create a layer of the thinly sliced turnips on top. Place in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the tomato sauce is bubbling and the turnips are tender.
by Erin Alderson
Tips & Tricks: The turnips still have a bit of texture to them. If you’re looking for completely tender turnips, I recommend slicing then steaming for a minute or two- just to take the crispness from the turnip.
Nutrition: see the information.
Beans: I really love the large corona beans but they aren’t available in every store. I like to order beans from Rancho Gordo but Cannelini or another large bean would also work.
Zucchini: For the top of this bean bake, you could thinly shave zucchini or summer squash to top the bake.
Cheese: Stir in feta to the tomato sauce or I like to treat this bake a bit like lasagna. Save some tomato sauce then layer the top with the turnips followed by the sauce and a sprinkle of mozzarella or similar melting cheese.
Turnips are one of the vegetables that is easy to ignore but shouldn’t. They have what I find to be the perfect balance of butteriness and earthiness (compared to other roots that are all earthy flavor). They are great roasted, grilled, and can be thrown into stir fries. I think the best part of turnips, however, are the greens. They aren’t over-powering and can be used as you would chard, kale, or beet greens.