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by Nick

Simple Savoy Stew

I have a magic formula for preparing really fast, pretty cheap meals. Take a stroll through the produce section and survey the hearty greens section. You’re looking for stuff like cabbage, chard, and kale. Pick one.

Now take a stroll over to the bean section. You could go for dried beans if you want to really save money or canned beans if you want to save time. White beans, navy beans, pinto beans, or even chickpeas. Pick one.

Add a few other simple ingredients to your cart and you have the makings of a really delicious Savoy Stew that can be made in no time. Once you get the hang of mixing hearty greens with a few other hearty ingredients, the possibilities are pretty endless.

Serves 4.
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Savoy Cabbage Stew


  • 1 small white or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3-4 cups chopped savoy cabbage (about 1 small head of cabbage)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crusty bread, for serving
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1) Chop and rinse cabbage under cold water.

2) In a large pot, add olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes until veggies start to soften. Season with salt and pepper.

3) Add in diced tomatoes and stock and bring to a simmer.

4) Add in chopped cabbage and bay leaves. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, covered, until cabbage is tender.

5) Remove bay leaves and add in rinsed beans. Season stew with a pinch of red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

Serve the stew immediately with really crusty bread.

Savoy Stew

Savvy Savoy

There isn’t a particular reason why I chose savoy cabbage for this Savoy Stew. Frankly, it was on sale and looked green and fresh. I didn’t do anything fancy with it. I just peeled off a the leaves and rinsed them really well. Dirt has a tendency to get very trapped in their leaves.

cabbage for Savoy Stew

A lot of food.

Then I just roughly chopped up the leaves. Doesn’t get much easier than that.

chopped - Savoy Stew

This is a quarter of the cabbage.

Making the Stew

I say this Savoy Stew takes thirty minutes, but that’s probably an over-estimate if anything. Apart from chopping up your cabbage, just dice up an onion and a few cloves of garlic and the work is pretty much done.

Then add some oil to a large pan over medium heat and start cooking your onions and garlic. Season them with a little salt and pepper and cook them until they are soft, maybe five minutes.

onions - Savoy Stew

Basic soup start.

Then add in your diced tomatoes and stock and bring the whole thing to a simmer. Once the mixture is simmering, add in the cabbage and a few bay leaves.

Cover this and let it simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes until the cabbage is nice and tender.

cabbage for Savoy Stew

Fill the pot with cabbage.

Finally, stir in your white beans (drain and rinse them) and season it well with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

Remember to remove those bay leaves before serving.

simmer - Savoy Stew

Simmer simmer.

Serve this Savoy Stew up with some nice crusty bread and it’s pretty tough to beat.

Savoy Stew Recipe from Macheesmo

done deal.

Anybody else a fan of my hearty green + bean stew plan?

I would guess this stew is under $2/serving and is really filling and delicious.

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7 comments on “Simple Savoy Stew

  1. Yup, this is how I do it too! Veggies + onions + beans + broth and then what have you. Or for days when feeding the family, tossing in a chorizo, chopped rosemary and lots of garlic for maximum flavour keeps everyone happy.

  2. I’m more interested in that bread sitting all by itself back there! But the soup looks good, too.

  3. Saw this recipe and talked my husband into making it. He used regular cabbage, cooked the beans from scratch. It was delicious!

  4. Three times I read the title as Savory Stew. It wasn’t until I saw the cabbage that the “savoy” finally kicked in.

    I heard Benjals is a big fan of savoy cabbage and has a ritual of eating it before the Travelers.

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