I finally found time to make your stew, Jeekinz, and we loved it. I did make a few changes - although it would be wonderful with cannelini beans, they are expensive and hard to find here, so I couldn't bring myself to use my last jar for just a portion of them. Didn't want to waste any. So I added four very small potatoes, diced and a handful of fresh green beans, cut. I was very tempted to add a clove of garlic, but didn't. The addition of the little bit of dried red pepper is inspired - made it so tasty. Compliments from DH to you! Here's what it looked like- I served it with the Italian bread pictured below.
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