Today’s recipe is going to be the perfect dish for fall and even winter. It’s hearty, flavorful and really comforting! I have been trying to add more beans into my diet as they are really healthy and make a good replacement for meat and so I have been experimenting a bit lately. I came up with this very simple dish that I cooked in a similar way as I would with a French stew. This recipe is a bit of a mix between a ratatouille and a delicious wine stew. It’s definitely a very healthy and delicious recipe.
Most stews in France such as Boeuf Bourguignon or rabbit are often cooked with wine and I must say that I love to add wine in pretty much any sauces as well. I think wine brings so much flavor in any dish and especially a simple dish like this one can take a whole other dimension with it. I love adding vegetables to any dish I make as well because I think it’s important to eat as much as we can so what a better idea than to add them to a stew? I know it’s still quite warm everywhere, but I think it will be fantastic once it starts getting colder.
Let’s start cooking!
- 1/2 cup of dried white beans
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 eggplant
- 1 red pepper
- 2 carrots
- 1 garlic clove
- 50 ml red wine
- 1/3 cup tomato sauce
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 stems thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt & pepper
1- The night before, soak 1/2 cup of white beans in water. The next day, strain the beans and rinse them well. Pour the beans in a pot and cover with water. Cook for about 1 to 2 hours.
2- Dice the garlic thinly and set aside. Dice all the vegetables and set them aside as well.
3- In a pot, add the olive oil and cook the garlic for a couple minutes. Add in the eggplant and cook for about 3 min. Add in the red pepper and the carrots and cook for 5 min.
4- Cover the vegetables with the wine and let it reduce for a couple minutes. Add in the beans, the tomato sauce and the water and stir well.
5- Add in the bay leaf, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Cover with a lid and let it simmer for 20 to 30 min. Then serve and enjoy!
This bean stew recipe is very simple, flavorful and most of all very comforting. I love to serve it on top of rice but it’s also perfect on its own.
I hope you will enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comment section what you think about this recipe and if you liked it.