White bean & leek stew with basil gremolata

White bean & leek stew with basil gremolata

This speedy springtime stew is packed with nutrient-dense beans and greens. Serve with microwaveable wholegrains instead of bread, if you like.

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  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook15 mins
  • Total time30 mins

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Ingredients

  • 500g Essential Leeks, trimmed and thickly sliced
  • 2 clove/s garlic (large), finely chopped
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, zest of all, 2 tbsp juice
  • 2 x 400g cans Essential Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 300ml Cooks’ Ingredients Vegetable Stock
  • 200g frozen peas, defrosted
  • ½ x 25g pack basil, stalks and leaves separated and finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp half fat crème fraîche
  • Crusty wholegrain bread, to serve

Method

  1. Put the leeks in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Drizzle over the oil, season, then stir to coat in the oil. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, uncovered, then cover with a plate and microwave for a further 2 minutes. Stir well, add 1 chopped garlic clove and the lemon juice, cover again and microwave for 3 minutes on high.

  2. Stir the drained beans, vegetable stock, peas and finely chopped basil stalks into the leek mixture. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Uncover and gently stir in 3 tbsp crème fraîche; season.

  3. Meanwhile, to make the gremolata, combine the chopped basil leaves with the lemon zest and remaining chopped garlic. Divide the stew between bowls, top with the gremolata, a little crème fraîche and an extra 1 tsp olive oil per bowl, if liked. Serve with crusty wholegrain bread.

Cook’s tip

WHY IT’S GOOD FOR YOU

Cooking a stew in the microwave is likely to preserve more heat-sensitive nutrients because of the relatively short cooking time. The cooking liquid also helps retain more water-soluble micronutrients, such as the folate found in the leeks.

Nutritional

Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe

Energy

1,236kJ/ 296kcals

Fat

11g

Saturated Fat

2.8g

Carbohydrates

28g

Sugars

7.3g

Fibre

14g

Protein

15g

Salt

0.1g

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