Cooking Light
Active time
30 Mins
Total time
9 Hours 15 Mins
6 servings (2 cups per serving) 

This chunky vegetable stew is topped with a savory relish of shredded fennel and sun-dried tomatoes. You can use canned, drained cannellini beans or start with dried beans.

How to Make It

1. Prepare the ragout: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add leek, carrot, and garlic; cover and cook 5 minutes or until tender.

2. Place leek mixture in a 5-quart slow cooker. Stir in beans, fennel, potato, bell pepper, water, basil, salt, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, tomatoes, broth, and artichokes. Cover and cook on high for 8 hours or until the vegetables are tender. Add chard; stir until chard wilts.

3. Prepare the relish: Combine 1 cup boiling water and sun-dried tomatoes; let stand 15 minutes or until soft. Drain; chop. Combine sun-dried tomatoes, shredded fennel, yellow bell pepper, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, sugar, salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; let stand 30 minutes. To serve, ladle stew into bowls and top with relish.

Also appeared in: Cooking Light, September, 2021,Soups & Stews