Ever since I made my version of Kielbasa Stew from the recipe at La Mia Cucina, I’ve been dying to try out a version that used different types of sausage. Knowing that, I suppose it was somewhat advantageous that a tummy bug caught hold of me earlier this week, and that a good soup was the only thing on my mind. It was also fortunate that even though it was the day before payday, I had everything I needed in the larder to whip up a soup.
You keep calling it a soup. I thought the recipe was for sausage stew?
OK, you got me. It is a stew, but only in light of the absolutely outrageous amount of meat and chunky veggies it contains, and the fact that they were stewed. Usually I would have made a roux before adding the stock, but as I said, I was having tummy trouble, so I avoided thickening the broth at all.
- 1 lb. bulk pork breakfast sausage
- ½ lb. Kielbasa, cut into ½ inch pieces
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 large shallot, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 1 head garlic, sliced thin
- 3 stalks celery, cut into ½ inch pieces
- 3 zucchini squash, cut in ½ inch rounds
- 3 yellow squash cut in ½ inch rounds
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with liquid
- 32 oz. beef stock
- 1 tbsp garlic chili sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat large stock pot over medium heat. Add olive oil and sausage. Brown sausage well, breaking it down into bite-sized chunks as it firms, drain if necessary. Add kielbasa and caramelize slightly. Add garlic and allow to brown slightly, stirring constantly to avoid burning.
- Add onions, shallot, bell pepper and celery, stir occasionally until onions are translucent. Add tomato paste and mix thoroughly. Add tomatoes and stock, cover and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Add zucchini and yellow squash. Cover and return to a simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Either serve immediately or leave over extremely low heat until ready. Serve with crusty bread and croûtons if desired.
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
I would have added more of the chili paste. Aside from that this came out fantastically.