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Comfort food for when the temperature dips below 0 degrees.
Hearty Country Stew
1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into ½ in. cubes
½ large yellow onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ green pepper, chopped
1 medium-sized rutabaga, cut into ½ in. cubes
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups filtered water
1 cup sauerkraut, drained and rinsed (preferably Bavarian, such as Hengstenberg)
1 can (15 oz.) Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp (heaping) tomato paste
1 can (14 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1 ½ tsp. crushed red pepper
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
¼ tsp. oregano
¼ tsp. thyme
¼ tsp. basil
½ tsp. ground cumin
1 Tbsp unfiltered apple cider vinegar

3-4 Tbsp corn starch (in separate cup, mixed with cold water and thickened)
Melt 4 Tbsp. butter in skillet. Add sausage and cook until blackened. Set aside in covered skillet.

Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in large sauté pan. Add onion, celery, garlic, green pepper, and rutabaga; sauté 7 minutes. Add chicken broth and water (about 1 inch from top of pan). Stir in sausage (along with remaining melted butter from skillet), sauerkraut, Cannellini beans, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, spices, vinegar, and thickened corn starch; bring to a boil. Reduce to low-medium heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes or until rutabaga cubes are tender.

Serve hot.

Servings: 6 to 8

Nutritional information per serving

No nutrition information available

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