Thursday, March 18, 2010

Recipe of the Week: Easy Vegetarian Three Bean Chili

My winter experiment with soups continues.....

A few weeks ago I found this easy three bean chili in the latest Cooking Light. I was able to throw it together on a week night which is always an added bonus. A very tasty and filing soup considering that you didn't have to cook all day long.


Three Bean Vegetarian Chili
Adapted from Cooking Light

1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
salt and ground pepper, to taste
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 cups vegetable broth (plus more depending on your desired consistency)
1 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
1 (28-ounce) can no-salt-added tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place pepper halves in a plastic Tupperware container with a lid; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and chop peppers.

3. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in spices then garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add bell peppers, broth, squash, and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans; simmer 20 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with green onions. Freeze leftovers