Monday, March 15, 2010

Cannellini and Chickpea Pottage

 Even with the appearance of warmer weather there is just something about a big pot of well seasoned root vegetables and beans that is still really satisfying.  Then again I'm the type of person that has been known to suffer over a boiling pot of soup and cook a loaf of bread when it's 100 degrees so I might be biased.  I think we can all agree that a tasty one pot meal is pretty amazing regardless of the weather.

The fella and I have been making this all winter and had it again yesterday and it still retains it's yumminess no matter how many times we cook it.  The only problem has been trying to find gluten free chicken sausages here in town.  Amy's Organic are the only ones I've been able to find and sadly they are precooked without a casing which results in a slightly less appealing texture since the sausage refused to crumble into the beans nicely.  But if you can handle any ole chicken sausage you are in luck because raw crumbly sausage ups the delicious scale of this meal.

I've also found that I prefer giant white lima beans in this recipe instead of the cannellini beans from the orginal recipe.  The lima beans hold their texture much better during the baking process.  This was another one of those surprising discoveries, finding out that lima beans done right are out of this world.  More proof that just because you hated it when you were a kid doesn't mean you'll hate it later in life now that you know how to cook.

First beets, then kale, now lima beans.  Soon I'll find a way to make kohlrabi edible.  Now that will be the day.

Cannellini and Chickpea Pottage

1 tablespoon oil
4 chicken sausage links, casings removed (the only gluten free variety I've found in town is Amy's brand)
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 cup chicken stock
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon agave nectar
4 cups giant lima beans
2 cups chickpeas
3 tablespoons fresh thyme, divided use (or 1 1/ 2 tablespoons dried thyme)
salt and pepper, to taste
1 bay leaf
1/ 4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Heat a  Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add about a table of oil and the sausage, breaking it up with a spoon as it browns. Once meat is browned, add the onion and carrots and sauté for 5 minutes or until both the carrots and onions look like they are beginning to soften. Add the garlic, and sauté for 2 minutes.

Stir in chicken broth, scraping the pan to loosen browned bits stuck to pot.  Add the tomato paste, agave nectar, lima beans, chickpeas, one tablespoon of thyme, a pinch of salt and pepper, bay leaf and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese evenly over the pottage and transfer dish to oven (uncovered) for 20 minutes or until the top becomes brown and bubbly.

Remove from oven, sprinkling any remaining thyme and Parmesan cheese over the top.

Original recipe from Food52 Blog.


Monsignor Scott Rassbach said...

See, I liked the Cannellini beans better. The size and texture just worked for me. And the non-crumbled sausage was sort of a welcome surprise in the mouthful of food.

Roundy's/Copps also has a store brand chicken sausage that they claim as 'Gluten Free'. We haven't tried it yet, so we can't confirm. They looked good, though.

SAJ said...

This looks grand. I've never tried it (due to that child-hood hatred you mentioned), but a housemate of mine used to rave about thinly (really thinly) sliced-kohlrabi soaked in salt and vinegar in the fridge for a few days. He said they were like a mix of pickles and chips, except not in the way that sounds. But he was a jerk, so...


Emily said...

See I've tried doing that to kohlrabi and wasn't a fan. But I do have a curry recipe for it that I've got saved for once the CSA starts tossing them my way. I'll let you know if it's worth trying.

Glad you're still reading SAJ, WASTED misses you.