Offering up a soup today that is a fusion of Italian and American flavors. Using polenta and Italian sausage, pairing fall harvest flavors like potatoes, okra and corn it becomes rich, thick and hearty. Now please don’t close out the email if you’ve never tried okra 😀 I’ve heard a lot of talk about the texture of okra but in this soup, the okra is coated with polenta and together they make a rich creamy soup.
Did you doubt me? Seriously, this is rich and hearty – all you really need is a great loaf of crusty bread to sop up all this amazing broth!
Here’s a close up to give you a better look. My hubby enjoyed it so much he had another bowl last night about 9:30! It only takes about 45 minutes from start to finish to make this stew. Totally worth the extra 15 minutes it takes to brown the sausage well.
I hope I’ve talked you into trying it! This recipe makes a nice big pot of stew, enough for 6 generous portions or 8 healthy bowls. Plenty for your family – and hey if you don’t say anything about the okra, they won’t even know, right? Enjoy!
Rustic Harvest Stew
Rustic Harvest Stew - delicious, rich and hearty - all you really need is a great loaf of crusty bread to sop up all the broth!
- 1 lb mild Italian sausage
- 1/2 lb okra thinly sliced
- 2 pieces yukon gold potatoes chopped into small bite sized
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup polenta
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Start by browning the sausage over medium heat in a heavy bottom pan. Get a good sear on it - you want it to be well browned and broken up into little pieces
- While the sausage is cooking, chop the okra, onions, potatoes and mince the garlic.
- Drain the excess oil from the sausage and add in the okra, potatoes & onions. Sauté for about 4 minutes and add the garlic and polenta. Mix well, seasoning with the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
- Increase the heat to high and add the chicken broth, bring to a boil. Stir well scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce to simmer and cook for another 20 minutes stirring occasionally. The stew will thicken and once the potatoes are cooked thru the stew is complete!