This White Bean Stew With Basil Puree makes a hearty meal on a chilly day. Enjoy the smells of butternut squash, carrots, onions, beans and other plant-based ingredients as they simmer in a pot on your stove top. When ready, serve with a dollop of our delicious basil puree prepared with Miso Cashew Cream Sauce.
Heat a large stew pot over medium heat. Add sliced onions and stir to keep the onions from burning. If the pan starts to turn dark brown reduce the heat to low. Cook onions until they are a light brown.
Add vegetable broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Add butternut squash, carrots, and celery. Once the stock returns to a boil reduce the heat to low.
Rinse and drain beans. Add beans, miso, tamari, granulated garlic and smoked paprika to the pot.
Wash and remove stems from kale leaves. Cut the leaves into strips and place in the stew. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes. The butternut squash should be tender. If the stew becomes too thick add a little vegetable broth.
In a small pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add basil leaves to the water and cook until leaves have wilted, 15 to 20 seconds. Remove leaves from the water and rinse under cold water.
Gently squeeze water from the basil leaves and place into a blender with cashew cream. Blend until basil puree is smooth and bright green.
To serve, portion stew into a bowl and add a dollop of basil puree on top.
Chef Stefen Janke
Chef Stefen Janke began his career at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has worked at prestigious kitchens in San Francisco and Los Angeles, including the Savoy Brassiere, Aqua, the Cypress Club and Patina. In 2000, after the birth of his son, Stefen became a private Chef in Los Angeles, and now brings his culinary talents to Yolo County and the greater Sacramento area. In 2015, after Chef Stefen’s wife Julie was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer, he and his family transitioned to a whole food, plant-based diet. They now share his plant-based recipes as part of their catering company Gourmet Solutionz and at Plant Punk Kitchen dinner parties.