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Mediterranean Chickpea and Bean Stew
with green beans / olives / orzo

Active: 25 min Total: 35 min
A combination of chickpeas and white beans come together in a rich tomato sauce for a classic vegetarian stew with Mediterranean flavors. Serve this saucy dish over orzo for an easy one-pan dinner.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Lemon Orzo:
  • Pasta, orzo (sub any small pasta shape) - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any variety (sub water) - 2 cups
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemons - 1/2, zest of
Mediterranean Chickpea and Bean Stew:
  • Onions - 1/2, chopped
  • Carrots, large - 2, chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Olives, pitted (green or black) - 1/2 cup, sliced
  • Green beans, frozen - 10 oz, chopped
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 387 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Beans, cannellini or butter (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Italian seasonings - 1 tsp
  • Tomatoes, diced (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Stock, any variety - 1 1/2 cups

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Prep

  1. Cook pasta - (If not already made from Wednesday's meal.) Combine stock and water in a large stock pot over high heat. Bring to a boil and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Drain. Toss with olive oil and lemon zest. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Carrots / Garlic / Olives - Prep as directed. Combine onions and carrots in one container and store other ingredients separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Green beans - Run under warm water to defrost. If not already chopped, chop into 1" (2.5 cm) slices. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Beans (both types) - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and onions and carrots to heated oil. Saute until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add Italian seasonings and garlic and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute.
  2. To aromatics, add olives, green beans, tomatoes (including juice) and stock and bring to a simmer. Add both types of beans. Reduce heat to low and simmer to allow the flavors to come together, 6 to 8 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper.
  3. If pasta was made ahead and refrigerated, reheat it in the microwave or in a saute pan with some oil over medium heat.
  4. Serve stew over orzo and enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (93)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (9)
Vegetarian (11)

40 reviews

Very tasty! I read the other reviews and subbed 1/2 cup of white wine for 1 1/2 cups chicken stock. This dish is plenty moist enough, so I definitely wouldn't recommend more than 1/2 cup of white wine/stock (whatever you prefer). I also used fresh green beans and and at least tripled the amounts of garlic and italian seasonings. Didn't use olives. For some reason I thought cous cous would be better than orzo but next time I want to make this with cous cous. I also didn't have feta so I topped with some shaved peccorino-romano. But all in all, very tasty!

By: Alana
Posted: Mar 07, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

With recommended changes incorporated, this meal is EXCELLENT! I doubled the orzo, garlic, and Italian spices. Used fire roasted tomatoes with green chiles. Fresh green beans. Marinated mixed olives. Used 1 cup white wine instead of the last part stock. Topped with a bit of feta, but it didn't need it. Delicious and extremely flavorful!

By: Laurel
Posted: Jun 23, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

chicken way better than I thought it would be. yum!

By: Mary
Posted: May 25, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I just didn't find this particularly exciting, but I liked that it was pretty easy.

By: Jenna
Posted: May 23, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Skipped lemon orzo and just used regular pasta. Still very tasty. Kept the amount of liquids and cooked longer to reduce.

By: Kathy
Posted: May 16, 2016
Diet: Original
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Omitted the broth as per previous reviews and added about a half a cup of white wine instead. I left it simmering on low for about an hour since we weren't ready to eat yet, and the chicken came out really tender. I used a little bit of butter for the orzo instead of oil.

By: Dara
Posted: May 10, 2016
Diet: Original
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