Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe Crockpot White Bean & Bacon Stew

Mon 12th, Mar, 2012

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Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe Crockpot White Bean & Bacon Stew

hey Beach Cottage ladies

I hope you are well, I am very good, as I type this the sun is shining, the Aussie sky is very blue blue blue and life is good.

So this is feel good comfort food and when I recently made this the sun was definitely not shining, in fact a storm rolled through the beaches last week, the surf was huge and what was required was a meal that could be thrown in earlier in the day, left to get full of the yummy flavours that make it work so well and dipped into by different people in this family at different times.

You see all week we had been on surf watch in our house and I was under no illusions that Thursday after school would see my big boy out in the surf and coming home ready to about eat the table.

I was so right (remember the vlog last week of the surf on the beaches, it was huge).

Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe Crockpot White Bean & Bacon Stew



Along with that Mr beach cottage had been up and out driving a boat at 5.30am as part of the Biggest Loser TV program…and he had called me from the beach after a few hours cold, dripping wet from the rain and a bit miserable.

So, top mum and wife that I am ;-) broomstick firmly locked in the cupboard, I threw this together for those boys…and as usual, it went down very nicely…


Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe Crockpot White Bean & Bacon Stew


There is no way when being offered this dish after 3 hours in the surf, you would believe that it was so very easy to firstly cobble together and secondly dish up.

This is the ultimate one-pot store cupboard meal. Whether or not you wish to divulge this secret to your budding surfers is very much up to you

This is just a recipe that works and the beauty of it is you can, should you want to fancy it up a bit you can utilize its ease when having friends over for supper

This is incredibly quick to make, tastes pretty special, and if you are at a push you can throw it together from things in your cupboard…indeed that is how it came about for me – one of those meals that you make up as you go along…and one of those meals where I wanted to use up the cans of beans that seem, somehow, to magically grow on their own in my pantry

I have called this Crockpot but to be honest, I make this both in my crock / slow cooker and on the hob in my Dutch Oven…the hob version can easily be thrown together if you get in from school/work and everything is chaos…throw it in the pan, get on with all the other stuff and before you know it a one-pot meal will be waiting for you


Beach Cottage Crockpot White Bean & Bacon Stew


1 x can tomato
1 x can cannellini beans
1 x can chickpeas
2 medium onions finely diced
2 tsp jarred garlic or 2 to 3 cloves garlic
big bunch fresh herbs
2 tsp mixed dried herbs
dash vinegar
2 tbsp oil
250g bacon
2 1/2 cups stock

add onion and garlic to pan, soften 5 mintues in the oil
add the bacon & brown
throw in cans of beans and tomatoes, herbs
add dash vinegar
add stock & leave low 4/5 hours or high 2 hours

(or in on hob/stove for 1 to 2 hours)

serves with crusty bread & a glass of wine wouldn’t go a miss either

*beach cottage recipe notes if I am lazy or mother hubbardy I use garlic in a jar, and in the past have also used garlic oil which loses another step *smoked bacon would be nice here if you like that flavour, I don’t like smoked anything but I can see here it would give this a nice touch *for a more hungry crew add another can of beans *you can up the stock on this for more liquid and to be honest this pretty much always runs out so I guess 3 cups might be better anyway *I love to go heavy on the parsley in this, I just use whatever I have in the garden…mostly that’s a mix of italian herbs * throw in a glass of wine for a lovely flavor *a squeeze of lemon instead of the vinegar works a treat too  *you can leave this all day on low, just throw it all in your slow cooker and leave but you may need to adjust the liquid content accordingly by adding more stock 


This is lovely ladies, and if the surf’s up will be going on my Meal Plan this week for sure!

OK, I’ll be seeing ya then yeah?


Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe Crockpot White Bean & Bacon Stew



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22 Responses to “Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe Crockpot White Bean & Bacon Stew”

  1. Caz says:

    Sound delicious! Once again your pictures are so beautiful and they truly make me want to make this :-) x

  2. I’ve bookmarked this to try as soon as the weather cools again……
    Thanks again, Tania Maree xx

  3. Alice says:

    hee..hee… We have a very similar stew that I cook during winter… Only I use pork spare ribs cut(about 2 or 4 depending on your fmaily size) into bite size pieces (instead of bacon) and some chourizo sausage (about half) cut into slices that I brown with at the same time with the onion I also like to add a pinch of cumin seeds (but nothing else other than perhaps more paprika (to brown with onion) – love that stuff!)… I leave it simmering for about an hour. I then pour it over some steamed/boiled rice but it is meant to be eaten the way you suggested… This is my all time favourite dish since chilhood… It is so hearty and warming…yummm! I also love to squeeze 1/2 – 1 lime (depending how juicy) or 1/2 a lemon after I have taken it away from the heat (instead of using the vinegar)…Might buy myself some pork spare ribs…. Glad you had a lovely weekend ;)

  4. Kim says:

    Sounds pretty hardy! I love anything in the crockpot and any kind of bean soup or stew.~Cheers Kim

  5. Angie says:

    wow sounds like we are all cooking just about the same thing ! I do a white bean chicken chili that is almost identical. No chick peas though. Two cans of cannelloni beans, 1 can of petit diced tomatos, 2 cups cubed chicken ! All the other is the same…LOVE IT

  6. Mary says:

    The soup looks lucious … but I can’t lie. You had me with the pictures!

    Thanks for letting me inhale …

  7. Julie says:

    I make something similar but I like the addition of chick peas in yours. I was confused where you had put cannelloni in the ingredients because to my knowledge that is pasta tubes. I use cannellini beans.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yummm! Yours sounds tasty and Nigella does a great chickpea and chorizo stew which I had totally forgotten about- just wish my boys would eat chickpeas – you have yours better trained than me!!

  9. Jos says:

    Yummmmmm – all my fans here – can taste it already and is delishimo. Perfect for book/goss/wine club on Thursday night! xxxx

  10. Sallie says:

    Your stew sounds delicious! I’m wanting to ask if you would consider selling some of your photo art. I am lusting after the picture of the chair in the water at the top of the posts. It could be our lake in Michigan. Thanks, Sallie

  11. Alison says:

    Delicious, I’ll try it for my hungry landscaper husband!

  12. Megan Jones says:

    It is quite stormy up here in the Pacific Northwest this week and I think that this recipe is just the cure I need! I can smell it cooking already :) I am not really a fan of white beans, but I think navy beans would be delicious. What herbs did you include in your bundle?

    • sarah says:

      I used Italian Parsley, marjoram, basil, oregano and sage…I just grabbed what was growing and looked nice from the garden

  13. kerrie says:

    White beans are my go to for the crockpot. We use them with diced hickory ham or turkey bacon. I also use them with black beans and pinto beans for a yummy chili. All organic of course!

  14. Jasmine says:

    Yum, yum! As the weather cools down I’ll need recipes like this one!

    x Jasmine

  15. Decided after the rain won’t stop I’m trying your recipe for today. Can’t wait to see how it turns out for me!

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  17. Selby says:

    Thankyou- You’ve just sorted dinner for tomorrow night !!:)

    Even better as everything’s in the house so I don’t need to do a shops run when I so can’t be bothered as I’m getting over a sore ear/cold & have bits of cleaning/ tidying to do before our rental inspection tomorrow.

    • sarah says:

      yes it’s a no brainer with things already in the house!

      • Selby says:

        Made this last night- to rave reviews! It’s an instant classic at our house- you just can’t beat budget friendly,fuss free& super yummy:)


        • sarah says:

          yes it’s super easy and tasty, in high rotation here especially when the cupboard is bare! had a version of it last night too lol x