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  • Writer's pictureSuzanne Sng

Full of beans stew

Complex and robust, yet made with the simplest of ingredients. Leftovers were good the next day tossed with some penne.

Serves 4


  • ½ cup roughly chopped parsley leaves and tender stems

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)

  • 600 grams cherry or grape tomatoes

  • ¼ cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons and more for drizzling

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 3 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes

  • 2 cans white beans (425 grams each), rinsed

  • 1½ cups vegetable or chicken broth, or water

  • Flaky salt, for serving

  • Toasted bread, for serving

Heat the oven to 210 degrees Celsius. In a small bowl, gently toss together the parsley and lemon zest with your hands until well combined; set aside.

In a large baking dish or on a sheet pan, toss the tomatoes with 1/4 cup oil and thyme; season well with salt and pepper. Roast tomatoes until they have collapsed and begin to turn golden around the edges, 20 to 25 minutes.

When the tomatoes are almost done roasting, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and red-pepper flakes and cook until the onion is softened and the garlic is fragrant, 4 to 5 minutes.

Stir in the rinsed beans and broth and bring to a simmer. With the back of a spoon or spatula, gently smash about ½ cup of the beans so they slightly thicken the broth. If you want a thicker stew, crush some more of the beans. Season with salt and pepper.

When the tomatoes are finished roasting, add them directly to the stew along with any juices that have been released. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes more so the flavours become friendly; season to taste with salt.

Ladle into shallow bowls. Top each serving with some of the lemon-parsley mixture and drizzle with some more olive oil, and season with flaky salt, if you like. Serve with toasted bread.

Recipe adapted from The New York Times.

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