Harissa White Bean Stew with Turmeric Yogurt

Cookbook author Sarah DiGregorio adds depth and heat to her hearty white bean stew by adding harissa twice: first for the long simmer in the slow cooker, then at the end, to finish the dish with some bright heat.

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  • Servings: 4 to 6

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  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped

  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons harissa

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika

  • 1 pound dried cannellini beans

  • 2 large carrots, sliced 
1/2 inch thick 

  • 3 thyme sprigs plus 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

  • 2 fresh bay leaves

  • One 3-inch strip of lemon zest plus 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric

  • 1 1/2 cups full-fat Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley, plus leaves for garnish

  • 1/2 preserved lemon, pulp discarded and rind thinly sliced

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the onion and garlic, season generously with salt and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion 
has softened and is starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir 
in 1/4 cup of the harissa and the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the cumin and paprika, then add 2 1/2 cups of water and bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker along with the dried beans, carrots, thyme sprigs, bay leaves, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and 3 1/2 cups of water. Cover and cook on high until the beans are tender, about 6 hours. 

  2. Meanwhile, in a small nonstick skillet, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Add 
the turmeric and cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until it dissolves, about 30 seconds. Transfer 
to a medium bowl and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Slowly whisk in the yogurt until smooth. Season with salt.

  3. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs from the stew. Just before serving, stir in the thyme leaves, chopped parsley and the remaining 3 tablespoons of harissa; season with salt. Ladle into bowls and garnish with the preserved lemon and parsley leaves. Serve, passing the turmeric yogurt at the table. 

Make Ahead

The turmeric yogurt can be refrigerated for 2 days. The stew can be refrigerated for 4 days; gently reheat before serving.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published January 2017

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 3

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: @GreenChilli

Review Body: Could the cook time be cut down by soaking the beans overnight? and/or using canned beans?

Date Published: 2017-01-10

Author Name: Jocelyn Grayson

Review Body: This was absolutely delicious! Will absolutely make it again. Mine was ready in 5 1/2 hours.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-06

Author Name: kritzow

Review Body: WOW. This was beyond my expectation in the taste department. I tinkered a bit with the recipe- adding canned beans instead of dried (used both Cannellini and some red beans that I had on hand) and thinned the mixture with vegetable stock (thus eliminating the water that was used to hydrate the beans). Loved the punch of harrisa, the brightness of the lemon and coolness of the turmeric yogurt when it all came together. A definite repeat for us especially with big chunks of homemade artisan bread to mop it all up.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-02-09

Author Name: Dianae Weeks

Review Body: Comfort food that's healthy! So much flavor too. I love the subtle heat of the harrissa cooked in then the tang of using it as a condiment topping along with the bright preserved lemon. The tumeric yogurt I was suspicious of but adds a nice rich coolness and touch of exotic. So warming on a cold winter's day. I had it for lunch and supper!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-17