Monday, August 28, 2017

Butternut Squash Stew with Sausage, Beans and Rice

Maple trees have put on their autumn finery.  Yikes! It does seem a bit early.  
Cook's Notes: Butternut Squash Stew with Sausage, Beans and Rice is just that comfort food to usher in an early fall. It is hearty with a host of health benefits. Butternut squash is high in nutrients, low in calories and an excellent source of vitamin A and a rich source of antioxidants.  Black and kidney beans are a good source of fiber and protein. Make the stew a day ahead and will taste better because all the flavors will have time to meld. Pair the meal with artisan bread and a fresh fruit compote. DEElicious! 
Recipe adapted from October 2017 and serves 4-6 depending on the size of the bowl. 
  • 3 cups cooked and crumbled Italian sausage
  • 1 cup each diced, red or green peppers and sweet onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups diced butternut squash 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. each chili powder, Saigon cinnamon. ground cumin and oregano
  • 1 TB. olive oil
  • 1 box 32 oz. low sodium chicken broth 
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (garlic and oregano)
  • 1 can red kidney beans light or dark, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained  
  • 2 TB. tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar  
  • 3/4 cup dry Arborio (Italian) rice or any other short grain white rice 
  • Optional: garnish fresh cilantro
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
  • In a large bowl add peppers, onion, minced garlic, squash and spices.
  • Toss with 1 TB olive oil and spread out evenly on baking sheet. 
  • Roast 15 minutes just until squash is al dente.
  • In a large soup pot add roasted mixture, cooked sausage, chicken broth, rinsed beans tomato paste and sugar. On low bring to a boil and simmer for an hour uncovered.
  • Add in rice last 10 minutes of cooking time, cover and cook 10 minutes more. 
  • Since rice absorbs the liquid to reheat next day may need to add more chicken broth.  

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a good recipe. But what is Arborio rice? I have no clue.


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