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Vegan Savory Italian Styled Grits

Alice G. Patterson
The perfect blend of southern comfort food and Italian seasonings!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 2



  • 1/2 cup old fashioned grits
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)

Italian Toppings

  • 3 cups fresh spinach (washed)
  • 1.5 cups grape tomatoes cut in half lengthwise
  • 15 oz can navy beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh lemon juice (optional)


  • Bring water to a boil and whisk in grits, lower temp to simmer and leave uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so grits don't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • When you have about 8 minutes left on the timer begin your toppings. In a medium cast-iron or sautee pan, warm up 2 tbsp of olive oil on medium-low heat.
  • Add the onions and basil and saute for 3 to 5 minutes, until they start to brown.
  • Add garlic, tomatoes, navy beans, and sautee for a minute mixing ingredients.
  • Put a lid on top for about a minute to get a little moisture, or you can add a splash of water and then throw in the spinach.
  • Cover to steam for about 1 to 2 minutes until wilted and remove from heat.
  • When grits are done cooking remove from heat. Stir in olive oil and nutritional yeast until dispersed evenly.
  • Add toppings and enjoy!