Vegetarian White Bean and Chard Stew
Makes 4 servings
You can use dried beans, soaked overnight. Just cook them for longer (covered) in the broth, until tender. You might need to add more stock at the end of this process. Or, if you’re a crazy can hoarder like me, just use those!
1 pound chard leaves, center ribs and stems removed
4 carrots, peeled and diced
4 shallots, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 cup dry white wine
2 15-ounce cans white beans, drained (or use dried, see note)
4 cups vegetable broth
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon Sherry wine vinegar
2 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino (plus more for passing)
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in medium Dutch Oven or heavy lidded saucepan over medium heat. Add the carrots, shallots, and garlic, and cook until soft, stirring, about 10 minutes. Add the white wine and simmer until liquid is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Add the white beans, 4 cups of broth, the thyme sprigs, and bay leaf and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes. Add the chard and simmer for 10 more minutes. Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Add more broth by 1/2 cupfuls to thin stew, if desired. Mix in Sherry wine vinegar, half the pecorino and parsley. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper as necessary.
2. Garnish with the remaining cheese and herbs. Serve with more cheese for passing, and a good piece of crusty, toasty country bread. For an even more substantial plate, spoon the stew over orchiette or another short past shape, and enjoy.