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Creepy Swamp Stew

By: Adapted with permission from Enchanted Thyme - Book One in the Delicious Adventure Series by Ariane Smith.

If you're looking for spooky Halloween recipes to serve at your next party, check out this eerie recipe for Creepy Swamp Stew. Made with white beans and fresh vegetables, this pot's bubbling in the swamp of trouble!


  • 1 (15-ounce) can of white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup Spanish or yellow onions
  • 2 cups of your favorite mixed fresh vegetables such as corn, mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli or red peppers, diced
  • 1 (32-ounce) can or carton of vegetable stock or broth
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Puree ½ the beans in a food processor until smooth, reserving the rest for later use.
  2. In a medium pot, over low heat, cook garlic in olive oil until golden brown (about 30 seconds).
  3. Add carrot, celery, onion and cook until onions are clear (3-4 minutes).
  4. Add all remaining vegetables, the whole beans and stock.
  5. Turn up the heat and add thyme and bay leaf.
  6. Simmer 15 - 20 minutes until vegetables are
  7. softened. Remove the thyme and bay leaf.
  8. Add bean puree, season with salt and pepper; then simmer 5 minutes more.
  9. Serve in bowls with croutons.

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