Slow Cooker White Bean Stew

Prep: 20 mins
Cook time: 4 hours
Serves: 10-12

 

Ingredients

  • 900g white beans (haricot / caenellini )
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 large celery stalks, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. each: dried rosemary, thyme, oregano
  • 10-12 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. salt (according to taste, can start with 1 Tablespoon and add more at end if needed)
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 5-6 cups (or more) roughly chopped leafy greens (spinach, chard, kale)
  • Rice, polenta, quinoa for serving

Method

  1. Sort through and rinse beans several times in cool water. Add to the slow cooker along with the diced carrots, celery, onions, garlic, bay leaf and dried herbs.
  2. Add the water. (Use less for a thicker stew, more for more of a soup.) Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or LOW for 8-10 hours.
  3. Remove lid from slow cooker and add the salt and pepper, and diced tomatoes. Let cook for another 1-1½ hours, or until beans are very soft. (If they are already soft after the initial cooking time, different kinds of beans may vary in cooking time, then add the tomatoes and greens and serve immediately.)
  4. Before serving, stir in the chopped greens.