A hearty, vegetarian, one-pot meal that comes together in less than an hour; Fire Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Bean Skillet has a deep delicious flavour which is filling and wholesome – the perfect weeknight comfort food!
As you must know by now, Dear Reader, I’m all about great tasting food with very little effort or expense. Oftentimes, I love a complicated, over-the-top, pretentious recipe, but I’ve come to learn that most of my readers prefer a home style meal without the mess and the fuss.
That is why I’m bringing this gorgeous – and tasty! – Fire Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Bean Skillet recipe today. This recipe embodies everything that is hearty, delicious, fast, and cheap. You will most certainly have most of the ingredients on hand already, and if you don’t, they will most definitely be easy to find.
Weeknight dinners need to be wholesome and filling. They also need to be fast and easy. Let’s face it, most of us don’t have the luxury of coming home from work and relaxing all evening. There’s dinner to prepare, along with the clean up, of course; there’s helping with the homework, throwing in a load of laundry, cleaning the kitty litter, packing school lunches, running errands, parent-teacher meetings, etc. I could go on, but you get the idea, Dear Reader.
That’s why I like recipes to be fast and uncomplicated. I’ve heard negative comments about using canned or prepared foods – trust me! But, I often stock my pantry with canned items to make my recipes less cumbersome. For example, you will always find lentils, beans of all types, veggies like corn or artichokes, etc, and most always dried pastas and jarred sauces. The key, Dear Reader, is to read the labels and source prepared and/or canned items that agree with your notions of what real food consists of.
Over the years, I have found brands that I trust and turn to when in a rush. Even with the temptation of sales for what I consider to be a lesser quality product, I will not give in and always go back to my trusted brands. What am I looking for? As local as I can possibly find, very few ingredients, real ingredients, (not chemicals!) low sodium, low fat, and low sugar. It’s a huge undertaking at first, but soon, you’ll be shopping and filling your cart with prepared items you have come to trust and love.
So, when you’re reading through the recipe below, you’ll note the list of canned items. Can you make your own or buy fresh ingredients and prepare them accordingly? Sure! It will just take a little longer to prepare this delicious dinner. But, if you’re in a hurry, take an extra two minutes to read your ingredient labels and you’ll have a great dinner on the table in no time!
Fire Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Bean Skillet
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, julienned
- 3 1/2 cups canned fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 4 1/2 cups canned navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 1/2 cups canned whole artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped; plus more for garnish
- Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil to a large,deep skillet and saute the mushrooms over medium heat until browned. Lightly season the mushrooms with a dash of salt and pepper.
- Once the mushrooms are browned, remove them from the skillet and place in a glass bowl. Set aside.
- Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet along with the onions. Cook until lightly caramelized.
- Add the garlic to the skillet and saute for one minute.
- All all other ingredients. Stir together and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms back into the skillet. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
- Garnish with freshly chopped chives and serve immediately.