Sunday, September 28, 2008

a new favorite

i have decided to use my slow-cooker more often. this weekend i made this vegetable casserole from Better Homes & Gardens. it was delicious and simple and is a new staple in this family. here is the recipe from their website...

vegetable casserole

2 19 oz. cans cannellini beans
1 19 oz. can garbanzo or fava beans
1/4 cup purchased basil pesto
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1 16 oz. pkg. refrigerated cooked plain polenta cut in 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 large tomato, thinly sliced
1 8 oz. pkg. finely shredded Italian cheese blend (2 cups)
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup torn radicchio

1. Rinse and drain beans. In large bowl combine beans, 2 tablespoons of pesto, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning.

2. In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker layer half of bean mixture, half of polenta, and half of cheese. Add remaining beans and polenta. Cover; cook on low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or on high heat setting 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Add tomato, remaining cheese, spinach, and radicchio. Combine remaining pesto and 1 tablespoon water. Drizzle pesto mixture on casserole. Let stand, uncovered, 5 minutes. Makes 8 servings.


sew nancy said...

yum! that sounds really good. we are vegetarians so i'm going to try this sometime soon.

LollyChops said...

ohhhh polenta AND chic peas all in the same recipe.. sounds tasty!

Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) said...

This recipe sounds really yummy!

Mama de Saga said...

Thank you for the recipe, I love using my slow cooker!

madrekarin said...

Yum, yum!! That is my kind of meal. It looks delicious. :)

kristi said...

yum! too bad no one in my family besides me likes beans... :( maybe i'll have to make this for myself someday anyway!

Alexis said...

That sounds great--thanks for the recipe!

kristi said...

i just have to leave another comment. i've been dreaming of eating this ever since you posted it. i am addicted to garbanzo beans right now. they are SO good. AND my husband actually likes them, even though he swears off all other types of beans besides green. so i think i'm going to make this w/o the cannellini beans and serve it tomorrow night for company. thanks again friend!

Anonymous said...

This looks great! My friend is a vegetarian! I will share this recipe (and a link!) with her!

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