Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sausage, Kale and White Bean Stew

This stew is super easy and is made mostly from items that you probably already have on hand in your pantry and produce drawer. I love it for weeknights because you can put it together in about a half hour, and it makes enough servings for leftovers. And the leftovers are worth it . . . the stew thickens overnight in the fridge and I think is even better the next day. 

Serves: 5

1 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
7 oz turkey sausage (I prefer Butterball Recipe Starters), sliced
2 Yukon gold potatoes, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 15 oz can cannelini beans
3-4 basil leaves, chopped
2-3 cups kale leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces

1. In a large stock pot, heat a bit of olive oil over medium heat. Add in onion and garlic and saute for 4-5 minutes or until onion is translucent.

2. Toss in sausage and continue to saute until lightly browned, approximately 7 minutes.

3. Add in your potatoes and saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrots and continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes.

4. Add in tomatoes and beans, then add enough water to cover ingredients. Turn heat up to high and bring to a boil. Boil for 2-3 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer. 

5. Add in kale and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until kale is wilted. Soup can be served immediately if you're starving. But if you have time (and patience) to wait, allow it to simmer for 15-20 minutes to allow the stew to thicken.

Nutritional Info: 270 calories per 2 1/2 cup serving

Bon Appetit!
The Food Whore

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