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When the climate modifications, I begin to actually crave an enormous pot of beans. It’s actually probably the most comforting factor I can consider (so long as there’s a little bit of crusty bread).

Pot of beans or stew?

On this recipe, I’m toeing the road on whether or not or not that is only a pot of beans or a easy fall bean stew. On the finish of the day, it doesn’t actually matter as a result of it’s scrumptious both means! When you wished to bulk this up a bit extra, you possibly can add greens (candy potato, squash) and/or greens (kale, chard).

White Beans + alternate options

Initially I wished to make use of bigger white beans to actually make the beans identified however what I spotted it’s a lot nicer with the smaller beans. You possibly can use any of the completely different white beans- it’s actually as much as you.

Additionally, when you wished to hurry this up, you possibly can use canned beans. Merely drain the beans and add to a pot with sufficient broth to cowl then warmth the beans because the recipe states.

Light image with a bowl of tomato bean stew with arugula on top on a white background.

The Chili Paste

With regards to the chili paste, I at all times have a jar of sambal oelek and garlic-chili paste available. As I point out within the notes part of the recipe, you should utilize no matter your favourite chili paste is- simply know the warmth stage so that you don’t make this meal too spicy! A little bit of harissa paste might work.

Additionally, in a pinch, you possibly can use crushed crimson pepper. Toast it within the ghee proper earlier than you add the spices and tomato paste. Begin with 1 teaspoon and go from there. When you don’t like spice in any respect, swap the chili paste for a pair teaspoons smoked paprika.

What to serve it with

One of many causes I like preserving this straight ahead is it leaves room for some facet dishes. You possibly can serve up stew with a facet of roasted candy potatoes, twice-baked squash, or some easy garlicky greens.


Close-up image of white beans in a tomato broth with arugula and feta on top.

Spicy White Bean Stew with Arugula




1 cup dried nice northern beans

4 to 5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

4 cloves garlic, peeled

Chili Paste Combine

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

½ teaspoon coriander seeds

2 tablespoon ghee

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 teaspoon to Four teaspoons chili paste (see word)


2 to 3 cups child arugula

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Pinch of flaky salt

Feta, for serving

Bread, for serving


  • To begin, rinse the dried white beans, place in a pot, and canopy with water. Let soak in a single day. Alternatively, mix the dried beans with water, carry to a boil for one minute, cowl, and switch off the warmth. Let fast soak for one hour.
  • After soaking, drain and return to the pot. Add Four cups of the broth and the 4 garlic cloves. Carry to a boil, scale back to a simmer, and prepare dinner till the beans are tender; 40 to 50 minutes. If the broth stage now not covers the beans, add extra as wanted.
  • Whereas the beans prepare dinner, warmth the cumin and coriander seeds in a small skillet. Shake the pan usually till the spices are aromatic; only a minute or two. Grind the spices and put aside. Alternatively, use equal quantities of floor spices.
  • Return the small pan to medium warmth and add the ghee adopted by the spices, tomato pasta, and chili paste (see word). Warmth and whisk till the combination is scorching. 
  • When the beans are tender and the broth stage ought to be barely overlaying the beans. Stir in chili paste combination and warmth for a couple of minutes longer. Style and alter salt/chili paste ranges as desired.
  • In a small bowl, toss collectively the arugula with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Divide the beans into Four bowls and high with the arugula. Sprinkle with a little bit of feta and serve with the bread.




With regards to the chili paste, I have a tendency to make use of a garlic-chili paste or sambal oelek. Once I use both of those, I exploit as much as the Four teaspoons of chili paste. Use whichever chili paste you want, simply know the warmth stage of every and what you’d like to finish up with as a warmth stage. You’ll be able to at all times add extra chili paste to the general bean dish. 


Close-up image of a piece of bread topped with beans in a red broth.