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Butternut Squash + White Bean Stew

November 14, 2010

Tonight I made this stew. Wow, was it ever good! It was amazingly tasty and different in the combination of flavors. I got the recipe from Sweet Paul’s fall online magazine. I served it with the fabulous boule bread I like to make and fresh sweet pears. Yum. A perfect fall meal.

Serves 4

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound white cannelloni beans, soaked (used canned)

4 to 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth

3 cups butternut squash, cubed

4 to 5 slices of apple wood smoked bacon, chopped

3 leeks, sliced

3 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup white wine

1 tablespoon peach preserves

4 Roma tomatoes, chopped (I used canned chopped tomatoes)

Salt and pepper, to taste

6 fresh thyme sprigs

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Place beans and chicken broth in a large soup pot and cook for 45 minutes, or until just soft. Meanwhile, peel and cube squash. (Ann uses a vegetable peeler for the skin and spoon to scoop out the seeds.)

In a medium skillet, sauté bacon, leeks and garlic in olive oil until bacon starts to brown. Add squash until softened. Add bacon mixture and squash to the beans. Add wine, peach preserves and chopped tomatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste, and a sprinkle of fresh thyme. Stir and simmer for about 45 minutes or until done and flavors have melded; adjust seasonings. (More chicken broth may need to be added as the stew simmers; liquid should cover all.) Garnish with fresh parsley and thyme. Serve with crusty bread to soak up the yummy broth.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2010 9:08 pm

    Oh this looks fantastic, Danielle! I’m so seriously going to have to try this one!

  2. November 14, 2010 9:27 pm

    Sounds beyond good, what with the peach preserves, fresh thyme, and white wine. But I’m really wondering about white beans tasting right with squash. Really, huh? Did you save me a bowl?:)

    • November 14, 2010 9:29 pm

      It did taste fine! All of it was kinda an odd combination, but it worked!

  3. November 15, 2010 9:18 am

    It sounds scrumptious!

  4. November 19, 2010 9:44 pm

    This looks great! New here, love your blog :)!

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