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Italian white bean sausage and kale stew

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(Read caption) This is a simple stew that can do many jobs. Serve it with some crusty bread for lunch or dinner, or even breakfast with a poached egg on top.

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With the spring season on its way and new opportunities and experiences ahead, its time to clean out the freezer and use up odds and ends. Not the most fun, but definitely a creative process. I have a tendency to freeze little bits of things that I know would come in handy later.

I used up a few tablespoons of frozen tomato paste to make homemade spicy ketchup, and one chili in Adobo sauce (yes I froze a single chili, don’t laugh) to make some yummy salsa. I’ve had some fun with some frozen red quinoa, making salads and poached eggs on quinoa.

Digging through the freezer I came across a gorgeous pack of hot Italian sausages. How could I have forgotten them?! Our local butcher (no antibiotics, no hormones, grass-fed, organic-free-range awesomeness) makes these delicious sausages with no fillers and uses real casings. The flavor is exceptional. And to be honest, they don’t last long in our house. Mostly because of this stew.

I am in love with this simple stew. Please don’t let the simplicity of the ingredients discourage you from trying it. It’s more than the sum of all its parts!

We make this stew fairly often. It’s one of my favorites. But there’s a catch. The stew is only as good as the sausage. Since the flavor comes from the spices used in the sausage it is important to use good quality meat with great flavor.

This stew is not only dead simple but I actually love it for any meal of the day. We’ve all heard of breakfast for supper, but why not supper for breakfast? Serve the leftovers with a poached egg for breakfast. Take the leftovers and add more stock to stretch it out and make soup (we’ve stretched 1 cup of leftovers into soup for two). Of course it’s one of those things that gets better after day two so go ahead and double the recipe. This also freezes great for dinners on the fly.

The other reason I love this stew is that it can be easily made into something new by adding or changing a few ingredients. See variations in the notes below.

Italian white bean sausage and kale stew

2 onions, sliced

3 garlic cloves minced

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