This easy, do-it-yourself recipe can be altered any way you like. Use what you have in your pantry, along with some great sausage, to create a delicious dish.
By Katherine Ingui
Lazy afternoons in January call for hearty, delicious stews. I always need some extra help fighting off the cold. And what better to jumpstart this warm, comforting lunch than a coupon from Earthfare for free organic sausage! I get emails about once a week for Earthfare coupons and this one excited me tremendously. I was so excited to have a little free time after a long week of meetings and presentations, which motivated me to concoct a delicious, from scratch, whatever-is-in-the-pantry recipe, to go along with the sausage, that turned out to be great. I shared with friends and it was a success! I recommend eating this with a big slice of bread, to be sure that you soak up all of the great flavors of this stew.
- extra virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning (I used an oregano blend)
- 1 tsp chili powder
- pinch of both sea salt and peppercorn (use according to your preference)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3-4 stalks of celery, chopped
- 2-3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 2½ cans chicken broth, reduced sodium
- 1 cup water (or more, if needed)
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 2 lb. organic sausage (I used Irish Bangers from Earthfare)
- 1 handful of spinach
- Heat a large saucepan over medium and add olive oil.
- Add garlic, let season for a few minutes and add onions. Sprinkle seasonings over onions, as well as salt and pepper. Let onions cook for 10-15 minutes.
- Add celery and carrots. Let cook for a few minutes.
- Add broth and water. Add beans and tomatoes. Increase heat and let simmer.
- Meanwhile, begin cooking sausage over medium heat in a separate pan until all meat is browned. Take out of pan and chop to desired size. Add seasoning if you prefer. Place in the stew.
- Let the stew cook on medium heat for 1-2 hours; while waiting, heat bread and have soup bowls ready because the aromas coming from your kitchen will make you want to dig right in.
- * I had spinach handy and added it to my soup bowl and allowed it to wilt from the hot stew- it was a great addition, but not completely necessary.