Wild Rice, Butternut Squash, and Cannellini Stew
Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker
Yields Serves 6
Time: 35 minutes. Wild rice gives this stew earthiness and is appealingly chewy (save time by buying it precooked). Serve with cornbread or polenta.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Put dried mushrooms in a small bowl with 1 cup very hot water, stir, and let stand until softened, about 10 minutes.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, cut onion into large chunks, then pulse in a food processor to chop. In a 5- to 6-qt. pan over medium-high heat, cook onion and button mushrooms with oil, pepper, and thyme, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. While onion mixture cooks, put broth in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until steaming, about 3 minutes.

Step 3
3

Add broth, rice, squash, beans, and 1 tsp. salt to pan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender when pierced, 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, swish dried mushrooms in soaking liquid to loosen grit. Lift out mushrooms and coarsely chop. Add mushrooms to pot. Carefully pour in soaking liquid, leaving grit behind in bowl.

Step 4
4

Rinse chard and chop leaves and stems. Add chard to stew and cook until stems are tender, 10 minutes. Add more salt if you like and serve with parmesan.

Step 5
5

*Cooked wild rice is available from Trader Joe's; you can also cook your own (do it ahead and freeze in batches). Buy prepared squash in the produce section of many markets.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Ingredients

 1/2 cup (about 1/2 oz.) mixed dried mushrooms
 1 medium onion
 8 ounces button mushrooms, rinsed and cut in half
 1 tablespoon olive oil
 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or mushroom broth
 1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice*
 1 pound peeled cubed butternut squash*
 1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  About 1 tsp. kosher salt
 4 ounces Swiss chard
  Freshly shaved parmesan cheese

Directions

Step 1
1

Put dried mushrooms in a small bowl with 1 cup very hot water, stir, and let stand until softened, about 10 minutes.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, cut onion into large chunks, then pulse in a food processor to chop. In a 5- to 6-qt. pan over medium-high heat, cook onion and button mushrooms with oil, pepper, and thyme, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. While onion mixture cooks, put broth in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until steaming, about 3 minutes.

Step 3
3

Add broth, rice, squash, beans, and 1 tsp. salt to pan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender when pierced, 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, swish dried mushrooms in soaking liquid to loosen grit. Lift out mushrooms and coarsely chop. Add mushrooms to pot. Carefully pour in soaking liquid, leaving grit behind in bowl.

Step 4
4

Rinse chard and chop leaves and stems. Add chard to stew and cook until stems are tender, 10 minutes. Add more salt if you like and serve with parmesan.

Step 5
5

*Cooked wild rice is available from Trader Joe's; you can also cook your own (do it ahead and freeze in batches). Buy prepared squash in the produce section of many markets.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Wild Rice, Butternut Squash, and Cannellini Stew