If you're going to do it, we believe in doing it authentically. In Tuscany, the garlic toast is placed in the bottom of the bowl and the stew is lovingly ladled over it to absorb the savory broth.
- 1/4 lb., cut in 1/2 inch strips, Applegate Natural Sunday Bacon
- 1 medium Spanish onion diced (approx 2 cups)
- 1 medium carrot peeled and diced (approx 2 cups)
- 2 ribs celery peeled and diced (approx 1 1/3 cups)
- 5 cloves garlic peeled and slivered
- 1 lb fresh green beans cut or 10oz bag frozen cut green beans
- 1 lb fresh spinach or 10 oz bag frozen spinach
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (loosely packed)
- 3 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans (1 left whole, 1 pureed)
- 1 qt. chicken broth
- 1 cup cold water
- 1- 12 ounce package, sliced in 1/8 rounds, Applegate Organic Sweet Italian Sausage
- Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to taste
- One Fresh Gluten-Free Baguette
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves fresh garlic chopped fine
- 5 fresh basil leaves rough chopped
- Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
Got everything? Now get ready to create an amazing stew that is gluten-free AND dairy free!Stew:
- In a medium stockpot sauté bacon on medium heat until it's brown and crispy. (Try not to be distracted by that great smell.)
- Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and cook while stirring occasionally until the vegetables are golden brown (about 10 minutes).
- You're getting hungry at this point, but be patient...
- Next, bring on the spinach, green beans, basil, cannellini beans, pureed cannellini beans, stock, water and sausage.
- Heat the stew to a simmer, and simmer gently for 30 minutes, add salt and pepper.
- Serve in warm bowls with gluten-free garlic toasts on the side.
Gluten-Free Garlic Toasts:Slice the gluten-free bread in 1/8 slices.
- Combine oil, garlic and basil, then salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl toss the gluten-free bread in the oil mixture until well combined.
- Lay out the bread slices in a single layer and bake for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
- Serve next to the stew, and prepare yourself for well deserved accolades.
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