Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Slow-Cooker Squash Stew

Inspiration:
Food Network Magazine


Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, leaves and stems separated and roughly chopped
  • 1 piece Parmesan cheese rind, plus grated Parmesan for topping (optional)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Crusty bread and/or lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions:
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and red pepper flakes and cook 1 minute. Stir in 1/2 cup water, scraping up any browned bits. Transfer the contents of the skillet to a 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. Add the chickpeas, squash, chard stems (not the leaves), the parmesan rind, if using, 2 teaspoons salt and 7 cups water to the slow cooker. Stir, then cover and cook on low, 8 hours.

  3. Just before serving, lift the lid and stir in the chard leaves; cover and continue cooking 10 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to slightly break up the squash. Discard the Parmesan rind, if used. Ladle the stew into bowls; top with the grated Parmesan, if desired, and serve with bread and/or lemon wedges.


Nutrtional Information:
Per serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories 428; Fat 15 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 1,250 mg; Carbohydrate 63 g; Fiber 17 g; Protein 18g


Notes: Get the Parmesan cheese rind! I found one for only $1 at my food co-op. This was a fairly easy recipe, and I felt healthier after eating it, even though I piled on the Parmesan. :) I loved the texture of the dried chickpeas.


Liz's Rating: 9/10
Tim's Rating: 8.5/10

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