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Since we’ve gone low meat and all, I decided for a quick white bean stew on this coldish day.  It is quick and easy-peasy.

Italian / Catalan -esque white bean stew

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3 slices smoked bacon

1 med onion – fine dice

1 stalk celery – fine dice

2 cloves garlic (pressed)

1 bay leaf

1 large bunch spinach (stems trimmed off)

6 sun-dried / smoked tomatoes (softened in 1 cup boiling water)

1 can Cannelloni beans (16 oz)

1 cup homemade tomato sauce *see the tomato sauce recipe in the stuffed zucchini recipe.

1/8 tsp pimenton (spanish paprika)

salt (to taste)

pepper (to taste)

In a large saute pan render bacon.  Remove bacon to paper towel and drain off till only 1 Tbsp of oil remains in pan.  Saute onion over medium heat, season with salt and pepper.  Saute till translucent.  Add celery, till softened (2 min).  Add garlic, stir and then add the spinach.  Toss spinach in pan until spinach is reduced.  Add a bay leaf.  Add homemade tomato sauce and stir to combine.   Add cannelloni beans (drained).  Stir to combine.  Add sun-dried tomatoes with soaking liquid.  Season with salt, pepper and Spanish pimenton (smoked paprika).  Let it all simmer to combine (10 min).

Plate in bowls, topping with diced bacon for garnish.

*Note: if you don’t have the tomato sauce, use 2 tbsp tomato paste with water or stock to reach the desired consistency.

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