This week I had a request from my husband to make an old favorite that we haven’t had for a while. This stew is different from anything else I make because it uses a whole head of garlic. Now, if you’ve tasted my baba ganoush, you know I can tolerate some garlic. But even I couldn’t stand 15-20 cloves, except for one thing–they’re not chopped. Cooking them whole mellows them out much like roasting does, so when you bite into one, you still get the garlic taste but in a milder, creamier version. The recipe is adapted from one I found on an email list years ago; I wish I knew who originated it, so if anyone recognizes it, please let me know.
White Bean and Garlic Stew
- 2 15-ounce cans cannellini or great northern beans (about 3 cups), rinsed and drained
- 1 head garlic (the whole bulb–15-20 cloves)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Break the garlic bulb into cloves and peel off the skin. If you’d like, chop one of the cloves, but leave the others whole. If some of the cloves are very large, you may cut them in half lengthwise.
- Heat a large, non-stick soup pot. Add the onion and sauté until it turns a rich, medium-brown, about 5 minutes, adding a tablespoon of water if it begins to stick. Add the garlic and carrots and sauté for 1 more minute.
- Add the beans, tomatoes, bay leaves, and water. Cover the pot and simmer for about an hour, adding water if it gets too thick.
- Stir in the salt and pepper. If you’re serving the stew right away, add all the parsley and the lemon juice. If you’re serving it later or at room temperature, add the parsley and lemon juice right before serving.
- Serve over brown rice.
Cooking time (duration):75 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 6
Makes 6 servings. Each contains: 246 Calories (kcal); 1g Total Fat; (3% calories from fat); 15g Protein; 47g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 385mg Sodium; 15g Fiber
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