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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 216.7
  • Total Fat: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.3 mg
  • Sodium: 419.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 33.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9.1 g
  • Protein: 11.2 g

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Empty-the-Pantry Stew

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Empty-the-Pantry Stew

Introduction

This stew can be made from your pantry and freezer from ingredients that are easy to keep on hand, making it perfect for busy days--or lazy snow days! This stew can be made from your pantry and freezer from ingredients that are easy to keep on hand, making it perfect for busy days--or lazy snow days!
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    7 ounces light turkey kielbasa (half a package)
    1 small onion, about 3/4 cup, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 can (14.5 oz) no salt added diced tomatoes, drained but juice reserved
    1 quart chicken stock
    4 red potatoes, quartered (about 2 cups)
    1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    1 cup carrots, shredded or chopped
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 package Fresh Express Baby Kale Mix
    2 dashes hot sauce

Tips

It's great for those nights when you just don't want to brave the cold to go to the supermarket.


Directions

Place a dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat. Coat with nonstick cooking spray. Once the pan is warm, add the onions and sausage. Cook until the onions soften and the meat is browned on all sides. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. (If some of the onions are removed with the meat, that is OK.)
Add the garlic and drained tomatoes to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the tomatoes start to dry out and a brown color appears on the bottom of the saucepan. Slowly add the stock and reserved tomato juice to the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to remove any browned bits (called fond). Add the potatoes to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, then add the beans, carrots, meat, and peppers. Cook five more minutes, then add the kale and simmer for three minutes, until the kale is wilted.
Season with hot sauce and serve warm.
Makes 8 servings (1 heaping cup)






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  • Good
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    For those that do not like kale, then use spinach. Generally I use finely chopped cabbage and simmer for about an hour, so flavors blend and cabbage is tender. - 2/10/11

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  • Very Good
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    love the basic recipe, but readers who need to decrease processed meats (persons with heart disease and arthritis) may want to consider omitting the sausage, and using black beans and spinach instead of red beans and Kale. Adding tofu or Quinoa are good ways to increase protein too! - 11/30/11

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    We had this last night for supper. It was excellent! I had some left over turkey breast and used that instead of the turkey keilbasa. The flavor of the broth was out of this world. I am definitely making this again. Thanks Chef Meg! - 1/28/11

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  • 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Substitute seitan for the kielbasa and veg stock for the chicken stock and it's perfect for vegetarians! Much lower in fat and calories, too. ;) - 9/18/11

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Im really impressed how tasty the broth comes out! I usually make a stew with kale using chicken broth and white beans with garlic...but this is going to be my new mainstay. I used a full package of turkey kielbasa, omitted the potatoes and added a cup of barley with extra water. Fulfilling! - 2/22/11

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made this and added chard, mustard and collard greens a little cumin and tad of allspice. I also added garbanzo beans. It is a very tasty hearty soup. I was able to freeze 5 containers after eating my dinner and sharing it with 4 friends. That gives me the 'fast food' that helps keep me on track. - 1/13/12

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I read the ratings, and am influenced by, how people who have tried the recipe rate it. They would be more helpful if they were only from those who have actually tried it. - 2/10/12

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I, too, thought that I perfer fresh spinach instead of the kale. Sounds yummy & filling! - 5/3/12

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Oddly enough the picture, once again, does not match the recipe. Where are the tomatoes? Why is there chicken instead of kielbasa. My thanks to the members that posted an appropriate picture of the actual recipe. It would also help if members didnt rate the recipe if they didnt try it. Thank you. - 2/10/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I luv this recipe, it sounds just perfect. - 12/3/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I make a soup similar to this, but I use chicken in it. I love collard greens in my soup, it has a good texture and doesn't cook away like more tender greens. Just cut them in smaller pieces. I use cannellini beans too, instead of red beans. I add a little cumin also, yummy - 3/16/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Pleasantly surprised at how flavorful & filling this stew is, even without pepper & hot sauce. I didnít have all the components on hand so I used ground turkey, napa cabbage, & spinach instead & left out the beans. Husband doesnít like tofu but I added some to mine & it was delicious! - 2/16/12

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  • Bad
    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Half a kielbasa to serve 8 people? While I recognize that is an appropriate serving, I think the recipe could have been made with something leaner that would be more satisfying. - 2/10/12

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Recipe looks good, but I'm sorry, I don't see any tomatoes in the picture. - 2/7/12

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  • I really liked this :) I used the basic recipe but used Bok Choy not Kale, more carrot, kumera and celery. I also added mustard, curry, ginger, parsley-other fresh herbs and more garlic. Yum! - 2/21/14

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  • How about left over white bean and ham soup that you add Kale and carrots to! I think I will try that today!
    - 1/30/14

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  • This stew is fantastic. Both my husband and I loved it and I can't wait to make it again. - 1/25/14

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  • I have a very similar recipe with a very similar name... but this one is different enough. I'll try this one. - 6/5/13

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  • I don't know if I will like this. But I will try it - 5/2/13

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  • lite and good! - 3/12/13

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  • Yummy & easy - 2/20/13

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  • Delish! - 1/17/13

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  • Good, solid eating. I used turnip greens because I had them frozen instead of kale, but I would use kale next time. - 1/5/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    WHAT is with you and your constant sausage????? - 12/13/12

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  • easy to make good eats - 12/12/12

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  • I like it even better with additional hot peppers. - 11/8/12

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  • I already make this, but with cabbage instead of kale and regular kielbasa, but tried it with turkey kielbasa - yum! It's pretty easy and mostly prep work - you can exercise while it cooks! - 11/7/12

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  • This sounds awesome and I will be doing the vegan version. - 9/20/12

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  • I get my ground meat from local farmers (I KNOW how many animals are in a particular piece) and season it up myself, & freeze it. Sometimes Kielbasa seasonings, sometimes other stuff. Good recipe which is adaptable. Whatever shows up in my garden (sadly, too little) plus fun at the Farm Market. - 9/20/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Verugppd/ - 2/27/12

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  • So easy and great taste. - 2/20/12

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  • I like this stew. The next time I make it, I will make my own stock using the recipe provided. - 2/19/12

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  • I skipped the meat and substituted veggie broth. I also let my family add the hot sauce to taste - it was plenty spicey enough for me without it! Even my green-hating teen liked it - 2/11/12

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  • I absolutely love soup and this is great. - 2/10/12

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  • Great quick to make soup. I usually have some turkey kielbasa in the freezer for moments like this. The addition of the pepper flakes gives it a nice kick - 2/10/12

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  • I made this stew for dinner yesterday. We loved it!

    Thanks so much. - 2/10/12

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  • sounds good to me! I can't wait to try it. All the members ideas also sounded great. Thanks! - 2/8/12

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  • we call it hobo stew and can be substituted with alot of things in your pantry. - 2/7/12

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  • Will give this a try when I have company. I live alone. Sounds very good though. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. - 2/4/12

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  • Absolutely delicious! Very tasty and filling. - 2/1/12

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  • At my house my dad named this "clean out the refrigerator" soup :) - 1/10/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I am going to give this a try and I will freeze what I can not eat.. Thank you. - 1/3/12

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  • Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    NO HOT SAUCE I MINE IT DOESN'T LIKE ME.LOL - 1/2/12

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  • Loved the broth flavor. I used organic vegetable broth from Trader Joe's. Also didn't have any kale so added snap peas as well as mushrooms and corn. Awesome recipe and definitely a keeper! - 12/7/11

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  • I used leftover turkey instead of the keilbasa and canned broth and this was still a great stew !! It's one of those recipies where I can add whatever is on hand ! Great !!! - 12/5/11

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  • This was delicious! I didn't have kale, so I substituted spinach. - 12/2/11

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  • I will have to try kale again. When I added it to soup it was extremely tough, even after simmering. Since then I have chopped it up small. I think I will really enjoy this recipe, sounds perfect for winter. - 11/29/11

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  • oh I love this.. I think my favorite thing about winter is all the wonderful soups and stews that can be made. - 11/27/11

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  • Very good! - 11/27/11

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  • try - 11/22/11

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  • I will make this soup tonight, it sounds delicious - 11/21/11

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  • LOVED this soup! It's so delicious and easy to make. I can't wait to make it again!!! - 11/7/11

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  • Wonderful recipe, very tasty!... But I had to let it cook longer as the kale wasn't cooked and was very hard... I would say 10 more minutes. - 10/11/11

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  • Soundz Tastey.. Def will Make.. - 9/19/11

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  • I skipped the meat to lower a multitude of things, it was still tasty & satisfying. - 9/18/11

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  • Sorry, no kale, but the rest is wonderful without it. - 9/18/11

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  • Great idea. - 9/18/11

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  • You are right--This is made with foods that we keep in the frig---It is good--easy to make too- - 9/18/11

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  • Quick and easy, love that everything comes out of the pantry - 8/27/11

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  • Amazing, full of flavor, huge hit with the whole family. We will definatly have this again. - 7/26/11

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  • Didn't have any meat in the house so I just used an extra can of beans. Cooked it early in the morning for only about 20 minutes total & didn't add the kale. Since there was no meat in it, I let it sit all day. Reheated it & then added the kale. Flavor had all day to develop. Yum! - 7/8/11

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  • Any recipe with onions and garlic is worth trying! You are on the right track! - 6/26/11

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  • So delicious, and versatile !
    Thank-you ! - 6/1/11

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    looks yummy - 5/31/11

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  • I left out both peppers and the hot sauce (due to family's preference), and used white potatoes, since it's what I had on hand. The taste was wonderful!!! It was a pretty soup, too. And it was the first time I ever tried kale; great experience! - 2/24/11

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  • We made this using the crock pot and used a can of rotel tomatoes. Was spicy but very yummy. We'll make again. - 2/13/11

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  • I love it! I used to laugh because my father would make 'Everything in the refrigerator soup'. - 2/13/11

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  • I thought this was excellent. I have a hard time making soup that tastes good, and I thought this recipe turned out very nice. - 2/13/11

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  • Very tasty! The first time I ever used Kale. - 2/11/11

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  • so good and easy. Really great taste. - 2/10/11

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  • Delicous - 2/10/11

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  • Good versatile recipe--use what you like and/or what you have on hand. I've never been a fan of kidney beans, so I substituted white beans. Great dish on a cool day. - 2/10/11

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  • Very good stew. I am not overly fond of kale. I tolerate it. For folks like me, chop up the kale after the larger stems are removed. It ok in the stew, but I don't want it to be a prominent feature. - 2/10/11

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  • Real good - 2/10/11

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I'm so making this tonight. YUMMY!!!! - 2/10/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I'd never get my DH to eat it with the kale, but I might try it for me and leave out the potatoes. I love soups with "everything" thrown in. - 2/10/11

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  • 1 cup serving left us hungry - 2/10/11

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  • I think 8 servings is too many for just 7 oz of turkey sausage. For dinner this is more like 4 servings IMO. - 2/10/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Stew in this weather is what we need. This one sounds delicious. - 2/10/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Sounds like a winner to me. I use Kale in several dishes I make. - 2/10/11

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    We called this Hodge-Podge when I first left home..anything will do.. LOL - 2/10/11

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