Beans & Legumes

One of the more widely used foods, here you'll find a world of bean and legume recipes! Add favorites like green beans, chickpeas, lentils, kidney or black beans to your soups, pasta and rice dishes, salads, or process them down for a healthy spread. Fresh, canned, or dried, you're sure to find top-notch recipes you'll be eager to prepare and share.

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15 Fava Bean Recipes You Need to Try This Spring

It's time to get better acquainted with favas! An ancient member of the pea family, they have a nutty taste and buttery texture all their own. Click through for our favorite recipes featuring favas.

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

With lentils and cremini mushrooms as well as the traditional carrots and peas, this vegetarian take on the traditional British potato-topped Shepherd's pie is satisfying and delicious. We use French green lentils because they hold their shape in cooking.

Colcannon Shepherd's Pie

Colcannon, a classic Irish side dish of mashed potatoes mixed with chopped cabbage, adds intrigue to this otherwise traditional shepherd's pie.

Creamy Lentil Stew

Give lentil soup a refreshing twist with red, pink, or yellow varieties. After a simmer with garlic, ginger, thyme, and cinnamon, blend a third of the stew and pour it back in along with some coconut milk to to add body and richness.
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Test Kitchen's Favorite Chicken and Dumplings

Fluffy parsley-speckled dumplings soak up the flavorful liquid of this chicken stew, the ultimate comfort food that's ideal for dinner on a chilly winter night.

Slow-Cooker White-Bean Soup

There's butternut squash, leeks, and spinach as well as white beans in this hearty, rich, and flavorful vegetarian soup. It's a recipe that proves the slow cooker is as well suited to vegetable recipes as to big pieces of meat.

Chicken Potpie with Brown-Butter Crust

Brown butter turns the crust for this comfort-food classic into a flaky, nutty marvel. Butternut squash and cremini mushrooms give the usual chicken-and-vegetable filling extra oomph.

15-Minute Lentil Soup

Rating: 3.3 stars
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This is a fast, hearty soup for dinner; vegetarians can use vegetable broth.

Split Pea Soup with Ham

Rating: 3.38 stars
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You'll turn to this split pea soup with ham all winter long—especially when you need to warm up! Use leftover ham to make split pea soup prep even easier.

Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot Chili

Rating: 3.39 stars
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This easy Crock-Pot chili recipe is courtesy of comedian Jimmy Fallon.

Taco Casserole

Ground beef, pinto beans, and tomatoes spiced with chili powder bubble under a crunchy, gooey topping of tortilla chips and two cheeses in this quick and easy, kid-friendly casserole.

Slow-Cooker Ribollita

Meaning reboiled in Italian, this hearty vegetarian soup lives up to its name. It's just as delicious on the day it's made as it is reheated. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker" (Clarkson Potter).
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Mushroom and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

Rating: 3.74 stars
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Sauteed mushrooms, cooked black beans, and store-bought salsa are layered with corn tortillas in a baking dish to create this Tex-Mex-inspired casserole.