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Fast & Easy Dinner: White-Bean Stew

Fast & Easy Dinner: White-Bean Stew

Tonight I'm off to the vacation house for the long weekend! There is bound to be traffic leaving the city, so I've already got the groceries to make a quick and delicious meal upon arrival. The house will be extremely cold, making a warm and filling stew a must. The canned ingredients — beans, tomatoes, and chicken broth — make this one pot meal come together in less than a half an hour. The recipe is easily adaptable so if you dislike ham feel free to substitute cooked chicken or turkey. To make this simple, yet satisfying stew for dinner tonight


White-Bean Stew
From Gourmet magazine

2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 (14- to 15-oz) can stewed tomatoes
1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 (19-oz) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (3 cups)
1 (1/2-lb) piece baked ham (1/2 to 3/4 inch thick), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (5-oz) bag baby romaine or baby arugula (10 cups loosely packed)
8 (3/4-inch-thick) slices baguette

  1. Cook garlic in 1/4 cup oil in a 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat, stirring, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Coarsely cut up tomatoes in can with kitchen shears, then add (with juice) to garlic in oil. Stir in broth, beans, ham, and pepper and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in greens and cook until wilted, 3 minutes for romaine or 1 minute for arugula.
  4. While stew is simmering, preheat broiler. Put bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat until golden, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
  5. Serve stew with toasts.

Serves 4.

Join The Conversation
Fenchurch1 Fenchurch1 7 years
I made this last night but I used shrimp instead of ham. It was delicious! First I sauted the shrimp in lots (three large cloves) of garlic in the olive oil, and then added the tomatoes, beans and broth. I put in a dash of paprika to give it a little spice, which I think added to it nicely. Love this dish!
jwoldt jwoldt 9 years
I made this earlier this week. Was so easy, very filling and is a great thing to bring to work for lunch! The arugala added a nice little spice.
sherrence sherrence 9 years
I made this today with the following adaptations. I increased the amount of chicken broth to 2 cups, added an additional can of beans that I pureed to make the soup creamier and threw in a handful of dried orzo pasta when the soup started to boil. Deeeeeelish! And, fast and healthy to boot!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
This sounds great! Especially since we are in the below-zero digits here in Minnesota as I type. Will have to try!
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
This is one of my go-to recipes for busy weeknights. I use tofu instead of ham, and my meat-eating fiance doesn't even wince!
emalove emalove 9 years
White bean soup is delicious!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Yum :)
partysugar partysugar 9 years
sugarsister: did you read my intro? I suggest you use cooked chicken or turkey if you don't like ham. Bacon would probably be good too!
Tech Tech 9 years
Oooo that looks delicious! The perfect warm and hearty dish... Add a glass of red and yum yum!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
mmm this is total comfort food
sugarsister sugarsister 9 years
can somebody think of another meat to put in this besides ham?
brittanybe brittanybe 9 years
Is anybody else feeling extremely jealous right now? I'll be stuck at home with my two sick kids all weekend. Yay.
pklotus pklotus 9 years
I love arugala. My mom makes a similar soup and its delicious.
katie_c katie_c 9 years
this sounds amazing! i'm totally making it this weekend.
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