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Quick White Bean Stew with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes

A hearty, Italian-style stew for a chilly evening--and it's simple to prepare!


4 to 6
  • 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
  • 1 1/2 ounces Glace de Veau Gold® or Glace de Viande®
  • Salt and pepper


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add water, Swiss chard, beans and Glace de Veau Gold® or Glace de Viande®. Stir until blended and simmer over moderate heat for 30 minutes.
  4. Season the stew to taste with salt and pepper.

Additional Tips

Wine Pairing: Chianti or Barbera.

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