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Sunday Slow Cooker: Vegetable Casserole

This casserole of polenta and vegetables uses canned beans and store-bought pesto to cut down on preparation time, but the slow cooker does all the hard work.

The recipe calls for an Italian cheese blend and specific vegetables, but feel free to mix things up with an American or Mexican cheese blend and different beans and vegetables, if you like.

To learn more about this easy-to-make, one-pot meal,


Vegetable Casserole

Vegetable Casserole

Vegetable Casserole


2 19-oz. cans cannellini beans
1 19-oz. can garbanzo or fava beans
1/4 cup purchased basil pesto
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1 16-oz. pkg. refrigerated cooked plain polenta cut in 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
1 8-oz. pkg. finely shredded Italian cheese blend (2 cups)
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup torn radicchio


  1. Rinse and drain beans.
  2. In large bowl combine beans, 2 tablespoons of pesto, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning.
  3. In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker layer half of bean mixture, half of polenta, and half of cheese. Add remaining beans and polenta.
  4. Cover; cook on low heat setting for 4 to 6 hours (or on high heat setting 2 to 2-1/2 hours).
  5. Add tomato, remaining cheese, spinach, and radicchio.
  6. Combine remaining pesto and 1 tablespoon water. Drizzle pesto mixture on casserole.
  7. Let stand, uncovered, 5 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.

Calories 360, Total Fat (g) 12, Saturated Fat (g) 6, Cholesterol (mg) 26, Sodium (mg) 926, Carbohydrate (g) 46,Total Sugar (g) 8, Fiber (g) 10, Protein (g) 21, Vitamin C (DV%) 16, Calcium (DV%) 36, Iron (DV%) 19

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misslilad misslilad 8 years
just made this today. have a hectic week at work so thought this might be good to come home to - i was right...delicious
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I'm going to buy a crockpot this weekend. I always see so many good recipes for crockpots.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
LOVE MY CROCKPOT gotta try this one, thanks
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
This looks so good. I've been really into using the slow cooker lately so I may have to give this a try.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I've never tried it but I might for this recipe.
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
well well well, this looks fabulous. i've been itching to cook with polenta, so i will give this a go.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
That looks so good.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
That looks so good.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i don't usually cook with polenta, so i might sub it out for something, but i love the sound of this recipe - it has a lot of the things that i usually eat, and it could be a great thing to start going in the AM and then run my sunday errands!
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