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White bean chard stew in white bowl with rosemary and parmesan

Instant Pot Spicy White Bean and Chard Stew

Instant Pot Spicy White Bean and Chard Stew is a mediterranean inspired stew with hearty white beans, swiss chard and red pepper flakes.  Top with parmesan for the perfect cozy meal! {GF, VEG}

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  • 1 lb. dried Great Northern beans
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 28 ounces low sodium fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bunch swiss chard tough stems removed and chopped into ribbons
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • freshly grated parmesan for garnish (optional)


Prep the beans:

  • Rinse and sort the dried beans, discarding any beans that are discolored or cracked. Place in a large soup pot and fill with water until covered by 1-2 inches. Soak the beans using the overnight or quick soak methods described below. Do not add salt.
  • Overnight soak: Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Quick soak: Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, remove from heat and let stand covered for 1 hour.
  • Once soaked, drain the beans in a colander and rinse with cold water.

Prepare the stew:

  • Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot and select 6 minutes, then add the olive oil.  When the oil is hot, add the onion and carrot and saute for 5 minutes till softened. Add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the red pepper flakes, diced tomatoes, stock or water, rosemary, oregano, bay leaf and salt. Add the beans and stir to combine.
  • Lock the lid in place and select the Beans/Chili button or Pressure mode for 20 minutes. When the stew has finished cooking, release the pressure slowly or quick release. If the beans need more time, select the Saute button and cook with the lid off for another 5 minutes or so.
  • Remove the lid and press the Saute button. Season with additional kosher salt and pepper to taste, and add the swiss chard cooking just until wilted, about 3 minutes.
  • Serve with grated parmesan cheese if desired and enjoy!


  • Make this meal vegan by omitting the parmesan cheese.
  • This stew is great for meal prep and is freezer friendly. It's even better after the first day!


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 125kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 550mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 5g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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