Thursday, March 20, 2014

Green Bean, White Bean, and Tomato Stew

This delicious stew is so simple as far as the ingredients go, but it does take a little time to prepare.   

2 T olive oil
¼ C chopped onion
2 dried bay leaves or equivalent
3 medium cloves garlic, or equivalent, minced or pressed
1 ½ C broken (snapped) green beans 
1 C coarsely chopped mushrooms (I used a mix of white and baby bella.) 
16 oz of canned diced tomatoes with juice (or use fresh  tomatoes when in season)
¼ C vegetable soup stock
1 15 oz can of white Northern beans with liquid
2 T somewhat packed down and heaping, chiffonaded fresh basil
1 1/2 t chopped fine fresh rosemary
salt and pepper to taste
baby spinach

In a pan, heat olive oil on medium-low heat and saute onion for a couple minutes till translucent.  Add bay leaves and saute 1 minute more.

Add minced or pressed garlic and quickly stir.  Add green beans.  Cook and stir for about 4 minutes.  

Add mushrooms and continue cooking and stirring for for 2-3 minutes more.

Add tomatoes, soup stock, white beans, basil, and rosemary.  

Stir and cover.  Increase heat till stew begins to simmer.  Adjust heat so that stew simmers but does not boil.  Cook covered for about 8 minutes after stew begins to simmer.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Place desired amount of torn baby spinach in bottom of bowl  Ladle on hot soup.  

Fresh herbs are important and make a world of taste difference.
to chiffonade basil: 

◊  You may need to adjust the timing and heat to your own equipment.  
An easy way to check if soup is ready is to taste a green bean to see if it is cooked to desired tenderness.

Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Ms Jenny, is so much fun!  This week our letter is "R" (for Recipe!).  Come visit others' submissions HERE and join in the fun! 


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  1. I'm definitely making this -- it's got all the good stuff! Cornbread would be delicious with it! Glad you posted it -- I seem to be collecting recipes lately!

  2. Awesome tutorial and great recipe! Definitely going to try this!!!!

  3. That basil looks so amazing! I usually cut it like you suggested by rolling it up and then cutting it with scissors, but I never knew the technique has a special name.

  4. This soup looks and sounds delicious!!
    Love the addition of fresh herbs :)

  5. Looks very healthy. A nice Sunday afternoon meal :)

  6. That looks so fresh and satisfying. I'll give it a try....

  7. "chiffonade" - there's a new word for me! We like everything in this soup - will give it a try.

  8. That sounds really good. I could almost smell it cooking.

  9. That does sound yummy, and I'm always a fan of easy!

  10. The rosemary sounds like a wonderful touch! I have most of these fresh herbs in the backyard!

    I love vegetarian meals and this sounds ridiculously yummy!

    Thanks for linking for the letter "R".

    I'm working at visiting a few blogs again each day!

    Glad one of them was yours!



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