Leek, Potato & Spinach Stew

Leek, Potato & Spinach Stew

17 Reviews
From: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016

For this light, brothy stew, use the vegetables of late spring and early summer from your CSA share: leeks, potatoes, garlic and spinach. Vary what's in the stew according to the weekly bounty. Serve with: Crusty whole-wheat baguette spread with goat cheese.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 links hot Italian turkey sausage (6-7 ounces), casings removed
  • 2 cups chopped leeks (about 2 leeks), white and light green parts only, rinsed well
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pound new or small potatoes, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces spinach, stemmed and chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, preferably no-salt-added, rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, chervil, chives and/or parsley


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  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add sausage and leeks and cook, stirring occasionally and crumbling the sausage with a wooden spoon, until the leeks are tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and salt and stir until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add wine, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Uncover and cook until the wine is almost evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add potatoes and broth; cover and bring to a boil. Stir in spinach and scallions and cook, covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in beans. Cover and let stand for 1 minute. Divide among 6 soup bowls and sprinkle each portion with herbs.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 241 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 7 g fiber; 32 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 174 mcg folate; 21 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 4,418 IU vitamin A; 37 mg vitamin C; 121 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 775 mg sodium; 1,059 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (88% daily value), Vitamin C (62% dv), Folate (44% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, ½ fat

Reviews 17

December 29, 2018
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By: Melissa Sleight
I tossed everything in the instapot for 10 minutes. I omitted the sausage as I didn't have any on hand and used Black eyed peas instead of cannellini beans. I also used all of the leek instead of adding spinach as I didn't have any handy. I did add some Italian-sausage-type-seasonings such as caraway seed and basic Italian seasonings. Perfect soup on a cold night!
January 16, 2017
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By: CSims
Easy prep. Really liked it. I sliced the potatoes pretty thin, but I think next time I might slice and chop smaller. I used dill as the herb to top with before serving but I might do a combination next time along with the chives and parsley. Not too spicy. I could have used a little more spice.
November 02, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious, Filling and Warming for your body I made this stew on a chilly November evening and it smells great when cooking. I had to use sweet Italian sausage instead of hot, so I added a tsp. of crushed red pepper when I started cooking. I used 1 1/2 cups Marsala wine instead of white (that's all I had on hand), chopped fresh kale instead of spinach, and Chick Peas instead of Cannolini beans and it still came out tasting sooo hearty and delicious. I made toasted garlic bread to compliment the stew, very tasty. Give it a try, the family will enjoy it on a cold day! Pros: Very flavorful, even though I had to improvise some ingredients Cons: May need 1 more sausage for men's tastes
May 29, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Fire Hazard I followed the directions precisely, only using chicken sausage, as I could not find hot Italian turkey sausage. After stirring in the garlic and salt until fragrant, I added the wine (Gallo Extra Dry Vermouth), covered the pot, and turned the heat up to high. When I heard what sounded like boiling, I removed the lid. A tower of flames immediately shot up high enough to singe my hair. Fortunately, the fire quickly subsided, and no serious harm was done. The soup was pretty good, if a little too picante. It just needed salt. Pros: Quick and easy Cons: Long prep time
October 20, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Easy to make Easy to make, good flavor but I found the spice from the hot Italian turkey sausage too over powering. I would make next time with a few modifications: sweet turkey Italian sausage, more broth (about 8-12 oz) and a second can of beans. Pros: Flavor, veggie based Cons: Too spicy for me, needs more beans
May 01, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
This is light and satisfying at the same time. Next time I will double the sausage as my husband complained that it was too light on the meat (didn't bother me though). Pros: Soul-warming comfort food Cons: NULL
March 01, 2012
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By: Ms. V
Light AND hearty I will definitely keep this in my winter meal rotation. Great when you want something more substantial than a soup, but still thoroughly warming. I like the suggestion to add red pepper flakes if the sausage isn't spicy. Will try that next time. Pros: Rich tasting, easy to prepare, healthy
February 27, 2011
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By: Milan Tanaskovic
Tasty and Satisfying This recipe was easy to make, and relatively quick. The prep time took a bit, but it wasn't a pain. The aroma from all the ingredients permeates throughout the kitchen as you're cooking it, which is an awesome thing. It's a great meal for those cold days when you need a good warm up. My wife loved it, and asked if I would make it again, she's hooked and so am I. Pros: Easy to make, quick, hearty
November 18, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Absolute comfort perfection.
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