Harvest Stew


-2 tbsp olive oil
-12 ounces hot italian sausage (preferably organic), cut into small chunks
-1 onion, peeled
-1 1⁄2 cups crushed tomato
-3 cups chicken stock
-2 1⁄2 lbs butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1⁄2 inch pieces
-6 carrots or parsnips, peeled, and cut into 2-inch pieces 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into 1⁄4 inch thick slices
-Winter greens (swiss chard, collards, brussels sprouts), prepared
-2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper

Heat oil in a saucepan over med heat. Add sausage, stirring until sausage breaks into small pieces and is no longer pink about 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Pour off all but 2 tbsp rendered fat, and discard. Raise heat to medium-high, add onions; cook until golden about 4-6 minutes. Add tomatoes, stock, and herbs; simmer over med heat until liquid thickens 20 to 25 minutes. Add sausage, squash, carrots/parsnips, and fennel; cover and simmer until vegetables are tender about 10 minutes. Add winter greens; cook, covered about 5 minutes more. Remove cover, and cook, stirring occasionally until thickens, 10 to 15 minutes more. Adjust seasoning and serve.

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