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!
Leek, Potato & Spinach Stew
From EatingWell: May/June 2010
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.
15 Reviews for Leek, Potato & Spinach Stew
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.
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.
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).
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.