Sunday, January 24, 2010

Hearty Pantry Stew: perfect for a lazy Sunday

Do you ever have those days where you really don't want to go to the store but getting takeout or delivery doesn't seem like a great option either? I definitely do, and on those days I find myself perusing my pantry and freezer for things that might work together to create a satisfying dinner. And just because I'm too lazy to go to the store doesn't mean I want to sacrifice flavor, heartiness or anything else in my dinner. The following "stew" is made with ingredients that I usually have on hand or are easy to pick up sometime when you do make it to the grocery store to have available when you need them. It can also easily be adapted based on what you have and what you like. If you don't have sundried tomatoes, feel free to leave them out. They add an extra level of flavor and a touch of sweetness but the meal will still taste great without them. Similarly, substitute any type of beans or canned tomatoes that you have on hand.

Hearty Pantry Stew:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots or 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 c dry white wine
  • 4-5 sundried tomatoes, softened in water
  • 2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes (try the fire-roasted variety)
  • 1 15 oz can white beans
  • 1 10 oz package frozen spinach
  • Salt and pepper
Microwave the spinach on high in a bowl with a little bit of water. Fully strain the cooked spinach and let dry while preparing the sauce.
Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan.
Add the shallots or onions and cook for a few minutes.
Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook till very fragrant (careful not to burn).
Slice the sundried tomatoes and add them to the pan; if the pan is very dry, add a little bit more olive oil.
Pour in the white wine and cook till most of the liquid has evaporated.
Add the canned tomatoes, beans and spinach.
Season with salt and pepper and heat through.

Serve this thick, hearty sauce over rice or pasta for a complete meal in one bowl. Top with grated parmesan cheese and enjoy!

For a printable recipe click here.

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