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

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Recipe Summary

active:
35 mins
total:
8 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
6
Nutrition Profile:
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Ingredients

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Fresh Garlic Croutons

Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Tips

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; carbohydrates 62.8g; dietary fiber 12.4g; sugars 10.7g; fat 10.9g; saturated fat 1.6g; vitamin a iu 1225.2IU; vitamin c 33.4mg; folate 64.3mcg; calcium 244.3mg; iron 4.6mg; magnesium 124.1mg; potassium 1019.9mg; sodium 829.3mg.
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Reviews (3)

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  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2021
Delicious! Even better the next day for lunch. The only changes that I made were using onion powder and garlic powder instead of onion and garlic (dietary restrictions) and I did not add the extra red pepper flake garnish because it already had a nice kick. Will definitely add to the rotation. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2019
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
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2021
Delicious! We make this all the time now. It’s a hearty stew, and the leftovers are great for lunches. The home-made croutons are so much better than buying something from a box. For the Italian/Romano beans, we use canned instead of frozen. Read More
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