Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Simple Italian White Bean Stew

I was craving a good old fashioned bowl of paste e fagioli, the Italian pasta and white bean soup with tomatoes that is so very good and served at most Italian joints.  Having no pasta on hand and limited prep time, I came up with this healthy slow cooker dish, which turned out to be quite tasty, satisfying, and much healthier than the original.  To make the soup you will need:

  • 1 cup Dry white beans (I used fava, I think)
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes (I used frozen chopped tomatos)
  • Garlic powder, salt, oregano, and black pepper to taste
  • 1 spoonful of oil of choice (olive oil works well here)
  1. Rinse and sort the white beans and add them to the slow cooker (I recommend a 1.5 quart cooker here - if you wish to use a larger crockpot, you'll want to scale the quantities of everything else accordingly).
  2. Add tomatoes and a few shakes of the salt and spices, going a bit heavier on the garlic than on the others.
  3. Add the oil and 3 cups or so of water to the pot.
  4. Cook on low until the beans are tender.
  5. Adjust the seasoning to taste.  You will probably want to add extra garlic, salt, and pepper.
  6. Enjoy!

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