Hassle-free, delicious beef stew. Soak dried beans overnight, spend a few minutes mixing ingredients in the morning, and come home to a hearty meal in the evening.
Cover beans with water in large bowl. Cover and soak overnight in refrigerator. Reserve seasoning packet.
Drain beans; rinse and pick over to remove any grit or shriveled and broken beans. Place beans, beef, broth, water and contents of seasoning packet in 4-1/2 to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 5 to 6 hours or on LOW 6 to 7 hours or until beans are tender and beef is fork-tender. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.)
Stir in pesto; mix well. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Serve topped with additional pesto, if desired.
This recipe can be made in a 6-quart electric pressure cooker. Place beans and water in pressure cooker. Close and lock pressure cooker lid. Use beef, stew or high-pressure setting on pressure cooker; program 10 minutes on pressure cooker timer. Use quick-release feature to release pressure; carefully remove lid. Add beef, seasoning, and broth. Close and lock pressure cooker lid. Use beef, stew or high-pressure setting on pressure cooker; program 25 minutes on pressure cooker timer. Release pressure and carefully remove lid. Continue as directed in step 3. (This recipe variation was tested in an electric pressure cooker at high altitude. Cooking at an altitude of less than 3000 feet may require slightly less cooking time. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.)
Test Kitchen Tips Cook until fork-tender. When fork can be inserted without resistance and releases easily when pulled out, the beef is done.