Quick White Bean Stew with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes
Gourmet Soups, Stews, & Bisques
A hearty, Italian-style stew for a chilly evening--and it's simple to prepare!
2 pounds Swiss chard, large stems discarded and leaves cut crosswise into 2-inch strips
1 pound mild Italian sausage
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
1/2 cup (4 ounces) tomato paste
3 cups water
3 cans (16 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper
Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Add the chard and simmer over moderate heat until tender, 8 minutes. Drain the greens and gently press out excess water. Set aside.
In a soup pot, sauté the sausage over moderate heat. Add sliced garlic, thyme, oregano, and red pepper and cook a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook a few more minutes.
Season the stew to taste with salt and pepper.
Wine Pairing: Chianti or Barbera.