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Chard and White Bean Stew


  • 1 bunch chard (or kale, or collards), ribs and stems removed and cleaned
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery (fairly optional)
  • 1 cup chopped white onions, about 1 medium
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup sherry or dry white wine
  • 2 15-ounce cans (about 3 3/4 cups) white beans, drained and rinsed, or cook your own from scratch
  • 2 cups broth, your preferred type
  • 1 cup pureed tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
  • A few toasted bread slices, poached or fried eggs, or grated Parmesan or Romano to serve (optional)


This recipe is a keeper. We took many liberties with the Smitten Kitchen recipe (like omitting the cheese and the celery, and using sherry instead of white wine) and it was still delicious for dinner and lunch the next day.

Bring medium pot of salted water to boil. Cook chard, or your preferred hearty green, for one minute, then drain and squeeze out as much extra water as possible. Coarsely chop chard.

Wipe out medium pot to dry it, and heat olive oil over medium. Add carrots, celery, onions and garlic and saute for 15 minutes. Try not to brown them.

Add sherry or wine (scraping up any bits that have stuck to the pot) and cook it until it reduced by three-fourths. Add beans, broth, pureed tomatoes, a few pinches of salt, freshly ground black pepper, thyme and bay leaf and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add chard and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove thyme and bay leaf. Add more broth if you'd like a thinner stew and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Serve as is, drizzled with sherry vinegar (This step is worth it, make sure you do this) and with optional toppings.

Another great recipe from Smitten Kitchen

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