White Bean and Kielbasa Stew

This is a late post, because I was out of town for a bit, and just realized I never posted this delicious option that rounds out the winter recipes. (I’m crossing my fingers that it is in fact springtime!) This stew was the winner of all of the stews I made this past winter, proving to be both filling and delicious.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried great northern beans
  • 14 ounces kielbasa, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 cups low-sodium and gluten free chicken broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 6 oz. container of Baby spinach

When I was looking to make this dish, I was lucky enough to have a great resource to answer all my ingredient questions. For example, I always thought that beans had to soak over night, but as I read the recipe before hand (yes this actually happened this time) it said that I did not need to soak the beans overnight. So I turned to my cooking guru for this recipe and asked why this could be. He explained that because I was cooking the stew for so long, the beans would soak then. I also asked my cooking guru about Kielbasa and what the heck that stuff was. He explained it as the long sausages in a certain section of the food market, so when I went to the store, I just went to the section he suggested and grabbed a turkey version. To be completely honest, I am not sure that it was the right kind of meat, but it sure did taste yummy.

When it came to cooking the recipe, all I did was mix everything together. I had no major mistakes at this point, because stews are easy to make and I read the instructions beforehand. After my gumbo situation, I learned that reading is good and I should do it more consistently in regards to cooking. The only ingredient I did not add at the beginning was the spinach, because the original recipe required that the spinach be added right before serving. So I put the spinach in about 10 minutes before serving.
Review:
Success! This is going to be my go to winter dish.Filling and delicious, this dish had more flavors than I thought it would have considering how few ingredients I used, but it was really good. The beans reminded me of BBQ beans, just soaking up the juices and absorbing the flavor of the meat. One of my friends ended up having about 6 servings of this dish because he enjoyed it so much.
The Nitty Gritty:

  • Total Cost: $15.00
  • Total Time: 15 minutes prep time, 7 hours cooking –  7.25 hours
  • Serving Size: 12 – 14 small bowls, 6 – 7 large bowls
ounces
baby spinach (6 cups)
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