Tuscan White Bean Italian Stew Recipe

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A great Italian type bean stew that we grew up on, was this hearty Italian stew that will take the chill out of any blustery day we had in Upstate NY. Fresh fennel adds a sweet addition to the sauce and the beans are perfectly seasoned. Because it's between a soup and stew we called it stoop!

Tuscan White Bean Italian Stew

1 large fennel bulb (about 3/4 pound)
2 cloves of minced garlic 
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes or fresh diced plum tomato
1 can (about 14 ounces) fat-free chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine 
1 can (15 ounces) any kind of white beans, or use garbanzo beans rinsed and drained (I sometimes use one of each)
Hot pepper sauce
Grating cheese
Fresh basil
Cut off and reserve 1/4 cup chopped feathery fennel tops. Chop bulb into 1/2-inch pieces. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped fennel bulb and garlic, cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle rosemary and pepper over chicken; add to saucepan. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Add tomatoes with juice and broth, bring to a boil. Cover, simmer 10 minutes. Stir in beans, simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce thickens. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce. Pour soup into bowls, top with reserved fennel tops and garnish with cheese, hot pepper sauce and basil. Serve with warm crusty thick Italian Bread. 

Optional: we would add 1 cup leftover cooked white rice or cut up vermicelli pasta if the stew was thin sauce, or just sop up the sauce with bread.

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  1. This stew looks really delicious and very healthy too!

  2. I love all types of beans. This soup is delicious, very tasty and healthy. Great ^__^ Bye bye, have a nice day

  3. This really warmed me up! Cannellini beans are my favorite kind, they are the heart of a good stew.

  4. This looks perfect for a cold day! Yum :)

  5. Claudia,

    Great to see the white wine (Chablis preferred) in this soup. Looks like a great way to warm up!

  6. So healthy and comforting, I love it!

  7. I must have a great mind because I am tune with yours. I made something very similar last night - with turkey sausage instead of chicken. It warmed. It comforted. Just looking at your photo is sending me into the fridge for the 3/4 cup of leftovers.

  8. I love stews, and this one sounds delicious! I haven't used fennel in a while. I think I'll make this recipe soon!

  9. fennel & rosemary laced chicken/bean soup - goodness, ya'll sure do know how to eat good.... wonderful

  10. This looks delicious. I am bookmarking this one, never thought to use wine (!) in bean stew!

  11. Yum.... I'll make this as soon as our tornado weather is over.

  12. a really delicious stew,love the fennel addition!

  13. Oh, how perfect is this for the wet and grey weather we've been having lately? Not that I'm complaining - cool weather and white bean stew Mmmmmmm.....Heaven!!

  14. Wonderful warm stew ideal for cold day like today..and I’m in spring..



  15. I was looking in my pantry yesterday and was thinking of making a soup just like this. We must have been on the same wavelength. I just love cannellini beans.

  16. White bean stew is one of my very favorites! So warm and hearty - I wish I had a big bowl right now!

  17. Cannellini beans, northern and garbanzo bean, Love all the white beans! The stew sounds marvelous Claudia especially with fresh fennel, yum. How do the dry northern beans work out. I've had a hard time getting them to be soft enough for my taste and as a result have relied on the canned variety. Was just wondering if you have noticed the same.

  18. Such scrumptious comfort food! I love the addition of fennel :)


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