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1/3 pound bacon or pancetta, chopped
1. In a large skillet, fry the bacon or pancetta until crisp. Drain pan.
2. Add the olive oil, onion, garlic, thyme and bay leaf and cook about 5 more minutes, until the onion is soft and transparent.
3. Add spinach or chard and cook another 5 minutes until wilted.
4. Add beans and cook on low heat about 30 minutes. Serve hot.