Wednesday, October 31, 2012

French Country Stew

If you haven't notice, my style is more rustic and country.  Don't get me wrong--I love the refined tastes of some culinary delicacies that we made in school, but honestly, I love a good rustic meal.  I love making every aspect of it using fresh ingredients; I love the heartiness of the food too.  It's authentic and comfortable--no muss or fuss. 

{Adding the spices--forgot to get a picture of the end product (I might have been hungry)}

Ben is the same way; if I fed him meat and potatoes at every meal, he would never complain.  We love the French Country Stew recipe!  It's so good with the smoked sausage and sweet tomato sauce flavor.


{Getting everything ready to throw together}

{Sauting the beans and sausage for more flavor}

French Country Stew

Makes 6 servings


1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound kielbasa (or any other smoked sausage), chopped
1 can tri-blend beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon dried oregano or thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Saute carrots, celery, onion and garlic in a saucepan.
  2. Add sausage and beans; saute for 3 minutes.
  3. Add tomato products, beef broth, oregano or thyme, and pepper.
  4. Simmer for 30 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Serve with bread or over mashed potatoes or rice.
This recipe can be made in a crockpot and is just as good.

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