Thursday, April 11, 2013

What's for Dinner: Italian Sausage Stew

The other night I was going to make some soup and then realized I didn't remember to buy chicken stock at the store. (And, yes, for all you foodies out there I do know it's super easy to make my own and freeze it, blah, blah, blah, but sometimes just buying a carton at the store is a lot easier.) It was even on my list, and somehow I overlooked it.

Instead of trying to figure out something else to throw on the table last minute, I just decided to wing it, and the results turned out to be a new family favorite. Even the boys asked for seconds and ate the leftovers the next night! If you have kids, you know that when that happens you have a new meal in the rotation. Add in the fact that it only takes about 15-20 minutes to throw together, it's like the newly crowned king of good recipes.

(Somebody please teach me how to take a good picture of food...)

Italian Sausage Stew


1-1.5 lbs Italian Sausage (if I weren't cooking for kids I would use hot)
1 Tbsp. grass-fed butter
1 onion, sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced.
28 oz. can diced tomatoes (I like the fire roasted kind)
6-8 cups fresh baby spinach
fresh basil
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese

1. Squeeze sausage out of the links and brown on medium high heat in a big pan or soup pot.

2. Remove sausage from pot and add in butter and saute onions until brown. (I added in a bit of water to deglaze the pan.)

3. Add in the garlic once the onions are brown and cook another minute or so.

4. Dump in the entire can of tomatoes with the juice, and then add as much spinach as will fit in the pot. (The first time I made this I used a smaller pan so couldn't get as much spinach in. That is the one that is in the picture. The second time I used a dutch oven and put in a lot more greens.) Give it a stir and cover until the spinach cooks down a bit, about 5 minutes.

5. Add in the basil, salt and pepper to taste, and then put the sausage back in and give everything a good stir.

6. Serve with a little sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese.

7. Sit back in amazement while everyone eats every bite in their bowl. (I did have to tell Noah that the green stuff was basil...I conveniently left out the fact that most of it was spinach.)


  1. My mom makes something like this, I have a similar's, Grass-Fed Butter?? What is that!?

    1. It is AMAZING!!

  2. i made this for dinner last night and it was at big HIT!!! There wasn't a drop left!


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