Leek, Potato & Spinach Stew

Leek, Potato & Spinach Stew

16 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 16

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.
October 26, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
My husband and I first tried this recipe when the June issue came out. We really liked it then and have made it several times since. The only changes we have made is omitting the scallions and adding Busha Brown's Pukka Sauce! It adds just enough heat without adding the vinegary flavor you normal get from other hot sauces. But this is definitely easy and one that we will make year round for quite some time!!
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