Braised Fennel & White Beans


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium red onion, halved lengthwise and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 2 cups)
  • 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) white beans
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh oregano, plus whole leaves for garnish
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened


Heat oil in a large, heavy saute pan over medium-high heat. Add fennel and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and edges are brown, about 10 minutes.  Add beans, stock, chopped oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced by about half, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in vinegar and butter; remove from heat. Garnish with oregano leaves.


Martha Stewart