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White Bean and Chard Stew
with biscuits

Active: 35 min Total: 55 min
Chicken stew with baked biscuits is classic comfort food. This vegetarian version of that classic made with white beans and chard was last featured in 2015.
Smarts: The stew can be made ahead of time. Just reheat it and add / bake the biscuits right before cooking.


White Bean and Chard Stew:
  • Onions, medium - 1 , chopped
  • Carrots - 8 oz , chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp , chopped
  • Chard, any type - 4 leaves , chopped, leaves and stems separate
  • Beans, cannellini or butter (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1/4 cup
  • Thyme, dried - 1 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 3 cups
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Peas, frozen - 1 1/2 cups
Buttermilk Drop Biscuits:
  • Butter - 4 Tbsp , chilled
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1 cup
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Buttermilk, low-fat - 3/4 cup , chilled


  1. Onions / Carrots / Garlic / Parsley - Prep as directed. Combine onions, carrots, and garlic. Store parsley separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Chard - Chop chard, keeping leaves and stems separate. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Butter - Cut butter into small pieces. (Keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to use it.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.
  2. Heat a Dutch oven or large skillet with oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, garlic, and chard stems with a pinch of salt. Saute until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add parsley and saute for 1 minute more.
  3. Add flour (portion for stew) and thyme and stir for ~1 minute, until no white spots of flour remain.
  4. Add stock, bay leaves, and peas (no need to defrost them first) and bring to a simmer, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  5. Stir in beans and chard leaves and reduce heat to low. Taste and season with some salt and pepper, if needed.
  6. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine flour (portion for biscuits), baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add chilled butter and, using your hands or a pastry cutter, rub it into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Stir in buttermilk until just combined.
  7. Drop biscuits onto the top of the stew, making 1 large or 2 small biscuits per person.
  8. Transfer stew to the oven and bake until biscuits are golden on top and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.
  9. Serve stew with biscuits on top. Enjoy!



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