Potatoes and beans make this tomato-based crock-pot vegetable stew super-hearty. You could also add briefly sautéed chunks of zucchini or fresh corn kernels just before serving, or add another can of cannellini beans for more substance. A dollop of pesto on top is also super-delicious. Adding homemade garlic croutons is an easy way to elevate this healthy dinner.

Liana Krissoff
EatingWell Magazine, September 2019


Recipe Summary

35 mins
8 hrs 30 mins
Nutrition Profile:


Ingredient Checklist
Fresh Garlic Croutons


Instructions Checklist
  • Place tomatoes and their juice in a 4- to 7-quart slow cooker and crush them with your hands or a potato masher. Add cannellini beans, frozen beans, potatoes, onion, oregano, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Stir in broth and cover. Cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.

  • To prepare croutons: About 30 minutes before serving, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mash chopped garlic into a paste with a fork or the side of a chef's knife. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons oil and Italian seasoning. Add bread and toss to coat. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Just before serving, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook, stirring, until just golden, about 1 minute. Stir the garlic and oil into the slow cooker. Divide the stew among 6 bowls and top with the croutons. Serve with more crushed red pepper and Parmesan, if desired.


Tip: Long, flat Italian (Romano) beans range in color from green to purple--or even speckled. Find them at farmers' markets from summer through fall. You can also pick them up in the frozen aisle. They're from the same family as garden-variety green beans and have a similar grassy flavor, but are more substantial and meaty.

To make ahead: Refrigerate the stew (Step 1) for up to 2 days.

Equipment: 4- to 7-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition Facts

407 calories; protein 16g 32% DV; carbohydrates 62.8g 20% DV; exchange other carbs 4; dietary fiber 12.4g 50% DV; sugars 10.7g; fat 10.9g 17% DV; saturated fat 1.6g 8% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 1225.2IU 25% DV; vitamin c 33.4mg 56% DV; folate 64.3mcg 16% DV; calcium 244.3mg 24% DV; iron 4.6mg 26% DV; magnesium 124.1mg 44% DV; potassium 1019.9mg 29% DV; sodium 829.3mg 33% DV.

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I didn’t make the croutons since I am doing a 30 day program gluten free but I did add ground turkey. Delicious!! Read More