This recipe is one of those examples where simple, wholesome food beats out anything packaged any day of the week. Truly. Its beauty lies in the fact that it is simple, satisfying, and easy to make.
Plus, it's dang good.
This stew is richly flavored by stewed tomatoes, loads of garlic, and the rind of parmesan cheese. It's such a simple trick - just take a block of parmesan cheese, cut off the rind, chop it up, and add it to the stew for a beautiful depth of flavor.
High-fives for food that is as wholesome as it is good.
Garlicky Tomato Basil Stew
*adapted from Gimme Some Oven's recipe
1. Drizzle enough olive oil into a large stockpot to coat the bottom of the pan. Place stockpot over medium-high heat.
2. Add onions and carrots and cook until onions become soft and translucent.
3. Add the minced garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.
4. Add tomatoes (with juices!), beans, parmesan rind pieces, and pinch of red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well to combine.
5. Bring stew to a boil and then lower heat so that the stew is simmering. Simmer partially covered for 25 minutes. Stir often.
6. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the spinach and basil. Stir well. Cook the stew altogether for 30 minutes.
7. Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Garnish with shredded parmesan cheese and enjoy warm.
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