Tomato and White Bean Stew on Toast

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tomato and white bean stew on toast recipe
Photo: Christine Han/Styling: Erin McDowell

You don’t have to be a meal-prep enthusiast to appreciate the magic of a pot of homemade beans. Sure, they take a bit of time to cook…but then you’re left with a blank slate for a fast and filling meal (or two). Recipe developer Erin McDowell’s tomato and white bean stew on toast is our current favorite example.

“This is a weeknight staple dinner for me,” the author of The Fearless Baker tells us. “I tend to cook beans every week, so I always have them available for easy meals. And once you have the beans ready, this stew will come together really quickly.” Psst: If you’re absolutely strapped for time (or feeling super lazy), you can used canned white beans and it will taste just as good.

“Putting it on bread makes it heartier,” McDowell continues, “which is especially nice in the colder months. This, plus a little green salad, is something I’ll frequently eat for dinner or a weekend lunch.”

Even better, it reheats beautifully for leftovers (if you happen to have any).


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed for finishing

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 red onion, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, minced

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons harissa

One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

2 teaspoons sweet or hot paprika

1 teaspoon ground coriander

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

28 ounces drained cooked white beans

6 thick slices sourdough bread

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

½ cup finely sliced scallions


1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, and sauté until translucent and tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute more.

2. Stir in the harissa and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add the tomatoes, stir again and bring to a simmer. Add the paprika and coriander; season with salt and pepper. Simmer until the mixture thickens slightly, 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Stir in the white beans and continue to simmer over low heat until the mixture is thick and stew-like. Keep warm while you prepare the toast.

4. Heat a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. Place the bread on a work surface and drizzle olive oil evenly over both sides. When the skillet is hot, add the bread to the pan and toast until lightly charred on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer each piece of toasted bread to a serving plate.

5. Remove the bean mixture from the heat and stir in the parsley and scallions. To serve, spoon some of the bean mixture over each slice of toast.

Nutrition Facts
  • 471 calories

  • 7g fat

  • 84g carbs

  • 22g protein

  • 10g sugars

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erin jeanne mcdowell

Freelance Food Editor

Erin Jeanne McDowell is a recipe developer, food stylist and author of multiple cookbooks, including The Fearless Baker, which was named one of the Best Baking Books of 2017 by...