Vegan White Bean and Sausage Winter Stew

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Winter is coming! It is one of my favorite times to cook. It can be challenging as a vegetarian, because your produce choices are limited, but the heartiness and warmth of a good winter stew is something that cannot be beat. This stew really delivers on that.

Any vegan sausage can be used in this recipe, but I try to stick away with texturized vegetable protein as much as possible- I also find Field Roast brand sausages to be the most sausage-like, with quality ingredients. The mushrooms in this recipe are optional, but really add to the flavor, in my opinion. The Un-chicken broth, as opposed to vegetable or mushroom broth, really makes a difference in this recipe too, although another broth can be used in its place.

 

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ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 8 cups “UN”chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz. can Great Northern beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz. can Cannellini beans, rinsed
  •  8 links good quality vegan sausage. I used Field Roast Apple and Sage
  •  10 minced leaves fresh basil
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby kale
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms (I used shiitakes.)
  • 2 t. flour
  • 2 T. Olive oil

directions

  1. Sautee garlic in 1/2 T. olive oil.
  2. Add sauteed garlic to broth.
  3. Add white beans to broth and bring to boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Saute mushrooms in 1 T olive oil until browned.
  5. Slice sausages into 8 rounds each and brown in remaining oil.
  6. Remove 1/2 C beans and 1/2 C Broth, and an additional 1/2 C broth, and set aside.
  7. Add Sausage, mushroom, tomatoes, basil, greens, and simmer.
  8. puree 1/2 cup beans and 1/2 cup broth that you set aside. Return to pot.
  9. Add flour to remaning 1/2 cup broth and whisk until smooth. Add slowly to pot, while stirring.
  10. simmer 15 minutes

Number of Servings: 12

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