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Harissa Red Bean Stew

Spicy, savory, beany stew with crunchy broccolini yum yum

Serves 4people
large bunch (or 2 small bunches) broccoli rabe or kale, thick stems separated from the leaves
cup olive oil
garlic cloves, thinly sliced
medium red or yellow onion, thinly sliced
salt and black pepper
tbsp harissa (or tomato paste with paprika, cumin, and red pepper for an easy night in the kitchen)
Red-pepper flakes (as much as you'd like for spicy town)
can (15 oz) white or red beans; or 2 cups dried beans
cups vegetable or chicken broth
lemon, halved, for squeezing
on top:
feta, goat, or non-dairy creamy cheese crumbled
parsley leaves and tender stems
If making dry beans, either cook stove top or in the Instant Pot. I made them in the instant pot. Recipe: Add 2 cups dried beans + cold water resting about 1.5 inches above beans. Cook on high pressure for 28 minutes and natural release for 15 minutes.)
Tear broccoli rabe into bite-size pieces and set aside. Chop the stems into about 1/4-inch pieces; set aside.
Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large pot (I used a cast iron pot) over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and sizzled at the edges, 4 to 6 minutes.
Add harissa (or tomato paste), and stir to coat in the oil. Cook until the harissa is a nice brick red color, the sugars start to caramelize and the oil turns a nice vibrant fiery orange color, about 2 minutes.
Add beans, and season with salt and pepper. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, crush a few beans to release their creamy interior.
Add the broth and reserved stems, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until you’ve reached your desired consistency (less time for a brothier soup, more time for a thicker stew), 15 to 20 minutes.
Add broccoli rabe and lemon juice. Stir to wilt broccolini for 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and more red-pepper flakes if you think it needs a little extra flava.
Serve with cheese and parsley.
Sit your ass down and enjoy this delicious yum yum you created!

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