Italian bean casserole recipe Soups can get a little boring when trying to keep warm AND healthy during the winter months, so here is a great alternative which is incredibly filling, tasty and a perfect left over meal for the fridge. Ingredients... 3 tbsp olive oil 4 celery sticks, roughly diced 4 medium carrots, roughly diced 3 leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 100ml white wine 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon About 700ml vegetable stock, hot 410g can borlotti beans, drained and rinsed 410g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed Small handful fresh oregano or fresh thyme, leaves picked and chopped, plus extra whole leaves to garnish Method... Heat the oil in a large casserole or saucepan over a medium heat. Add the celery and carrots and cook, stirring, for 7-8 minutes. Add the leeks, cook for 3-4 minutes, then stir in the garlic and wine. Let the wine cook out and reduce for a few minutes. Tip in the tomatoes and lemon zest and season well. Add the stock, bring to the boil, then simmer fairly rapidly for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the vegetables are just tender and the liquid has reduced and thickened. Stir in the beans (add a dash of hot water, if necessary) and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the oregano or thyme and the lemon juice. It’s worth re-checking the seasoning now. Spoon the casserole into bowls and garnish with fresh oregano or thyme leaves.
I served ours with Polenta and a spoon of fresh pesto on top. Enjoy! Daisy x