It may be June, but on a chilly wet day like today, stew seemed to be in order. I used my last package of frozen roasted tomatoes here. With luck, we'll have fresh ones in the garden by late next month.
3/4 cup finely diced garlic scapes (or 4 cloves garlic, minced)
1 lb Italian sausage (casings removed)
3 cups cooked white beans
1-2 cups diced tomatoes (frozen and thawed or canned, optional)
2 cups chicken stock
1 Tbsp dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
3-4 cups well chopped Swiss chard
Heat some olive oil in a soup pot. Add the scapes and saute for 2 minutes or so. Add the sausage and cook until nicely browned. Add the beans, tomatoes (if using), stock, basil, and salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes or so, then add the chard. Cook until well wilted, then serve.