Comforting Sardine and Spinach Crockpot Stew

Comforting Sardine and Spinach Crockpot Stew
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What Started it all:
Sardines, Spinach, beans, crockpot

This delightful recipe brings together the fresh, briny flavor of sardines with the earthy goodness of spinach and beans. Perfect for a cozy dinner, this dish is both nourishing and comforting, ideal for sharing with loved ones.


  • 8 fresh sardines, cleaned and gutted
  • 200g fresh spinach, washed and roughly chopped
  • 400g canned beans (e.g., cannellini or butter beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Set your crockpot to the sauté function (if available) or use a large pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil.
  2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot, cooking until they are soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle in the smoked paprika, thyme, and bay leaves, stirring to coat the onions and garlic.
  4. Add the drained beans and chopped spinach to the pot, stirring to combine. Lay the sardines on top of the vegetables in a single layer.
  5. Pour the vegetable stock over the sardines and vegetables. Lay the lemon slices on top.
  6. Cover and set the crockpot to low heat. Cook for 4-5 hours, until the sardines are tender and the flavors have melded beautifully.
  7. Before serving, taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.

Serve this comforting sardine and spinach stew with crusty bread or over a bed of rice for a complete meal. The combination of fresh, simple ingredients and slow cooking creates a dish that is both hearty and wholesome, perfect for a family dinner. Enjoy!

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