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Tuscan Bean Stew with Garlic Toast

By: Applegate Farms

In Tuscany the garlic toast is placed in the bottom of the bowl and the stew is ladled over it to absorb the savory broth. This recipe for Tuscan Bean Stew with Garlic Toast from Applegate Farms is a one dish delight!


Recipe courtesy Applegate Farms Organic Meats & Natural Meats


  • 1/4 pound Applegate Farms Natural Sunday Bacon, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, diced (approx 2 cups)
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced (approx 2 cups)
  • 2 ribs celery, peeled and diced (approx 1 1/3 cups)
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and slivered
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, cut or a 10-ounce bag frozen cut green beans
  • 1 pound fresh spinach, or a 10-ounce bag frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed and chopped
  • 3 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 15-ounce cans cannelini beans, 1 left whole and 1 pureed
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 12-ounce package Applegate Farms Organic Sweet Italian Sausage, sliced in 1/8 rounds
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 fresh baguette
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped fine
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, rough chopped
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste



  1. In a medium stockpot sauté bacon on medium heat until it is brown and crispy.
  2. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook while stirring occasionally until the vegetables are golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add spinach, green beans, basil, cannellini beans, pureed cannellini beans, stock, water and sausage. Bring stew to a simmer.
  4. Simmer gently for 30 minutes, add salt and pepper. Serve in warm bowls with garlic toasts on the side.

Garlic Toasts:

  1. Slice the bread in 1/8 slices. Combine oil, garlic and basil and salt and pepper and combine.
  2. In a large bowl toss the croutons in the oil mixture until well combined.
  3. Lay out bread slices in a single layer and bake for 15 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. Serve next to the stew.

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Great to eat now that the colder weather has set in! Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon is Gluten, Casein, and Diary Free - not to mention low in carbs!


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