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He made, She made, We made

Every month in the Food Network magazine there is a piece called “He Made, She Made” where 2 Food Network chefs share their recipes for a similar dish.  This month, since cookout season is approaching (and was upon us here in Boston last weekend), Jeff Mauro and Aarti Sequeira made baked beans.  Well, I would not be posting if I did not try my hand at recreating one of the recipes, with my own twist.

I chose Jeff Mauro’s recipe for Stovetop Tuscan Beans.  I incorporated a few changes to the recipe to meet our dietary plan (no pancetta, less olive oil, vegetable broth, a little less wine (cause we need to make sure there is enough to drink!), and balsamic vinegar in place of the glaze), roasted garlic.


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3 cloves of roasted garlic
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 60 ounces of great northern beans, drained and rinsed (4 15oz cans)
  • 15 ounces of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup of shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

In a large Dutch oven pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the celery, carrot, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes.  Cook for 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in the 3 cloves of roasted garlic and cook for about a minute.


Add the white wine and bring to a simmer.  Cook until the wine is reduced by about half.

Add the beans, tomato and stock.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes, until the beans are soft.  Season with more salt and pepper.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.


Serve topped with shaved Parmesan cheese.


These beans are also good the next day, I served them on top of my lunch salad.


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This entry was posted on June 4, 2013 by in Peter Waterman's posts, Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , .
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