White bean stew with bacon

WhiteBeanStewBacon

Dinner tonight, March 9, 2016
Really delicious stew, great for rainy days. Pretty easy to make, serve with good bread and light salad
6-8 servings

  • 12 ounces apple smoked bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion, small dice
  • 2 carrots, small dice
  • 2 celery stalks, small dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch or two sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 6 (15 ounce) cans small white beans (or navy beans), drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken stock, hot (I may add more next time!)
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

1) Place a large Dutch oven, or heavy bottom pot, over medium-high heat; once the pot is hot, add in a small drizzle of olive oil, and the chopped bacon; crisp the bacon completely until nice and brown, then remove with a slotted spoon, drain it on some paper towel, and set it aside for a moment; reserve about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat, and set that aside for a moment, as well; wipe out the pot, and return it to medium-high heat.

2)
Next, add back into the pot the bacon fat, along with the olive oil and the butter, and allow them to melt together; once melted and hot, add in the diced onion, carrots and celery, and allow them to soften and saute for about 5 minutes; next, add in the garlic, and once it becomes aromatic, add in about 2/3 of the reserved, crisped bacon, as well as the Italian seasoning, the sea salt and the pepper, along with the white beans, and stir to combine; next, add in the hot chicken stock, stir, and allow the stew to gently simmer for about 40-45 minutes, partially covered with lid; about half way through the cooking process, mash the beans a little bit with the back of your spoon, or with a potato masher, to break up the beans a little bit and release their natural starch to thicken the stew; after about 40 minutes, turn the heat off and finish the stew by adding in the chopped parsley, the lemon zest and the lemon juice; serve the stew with some nice, crusty bread to dip, and garnish with some of the remaining crisped bacon.

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