This wonderful Italian stew comes from Cheryl D Lee. Cheryl is the recipe developer, food stylist, photographer and chief dishwasher for her blog Black Girl Chef's Whites, focusing on real food developed by a classically trained chef, that anyone can make.
Italian Bean and Grain Stew
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 lb Italian Sausage, casings removed
- 1 Onion, small dice
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp dried Thyme
- 1 tsp dried Basil
- 1/2 tsp dried Oregano
- 8 cups Water
- 1 can (14.5 oz) Diced Tomatoes
- 1-1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill Whole Grains and Beans Soup Mix
- 1 small bunch Tuscan Kale or Swiss Chard, stems removed, sliced thinly crosswise
- In a soup pot, heat the olive oil over a medium high flame.
- Brown the sausage well, then remove from the pot. Reserve the sausage in a bowl.
- Add the onion, salt, thyme, basil, and oregano to the pot. Stirring frequently, cook the onions and spices 3-4 minutes, until softened.
- Add the water, tomatoes, and bean and grain mix , stirring well.
- Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
- Cook the stew for one hour, then return the sausage to the pot.
- Cook for an additional 30 minutes, then stir the kale into the stew.
- Continue to cook for about 30 minutes, or until the beans are tender.
Cheryl began her professional culinary training at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, California, where she received an Associate of Occupational Studies degree. The diversity of New York City has also inspired her--she worked alongside famous Chef Emeril Lagasse and assisted his culinary team on the cooking show Emeril Live. In addition, her experience includes working as a Chef and Catering Manager for a variety of New York cafés and as the Assistant Test Kitchen Director planning specialty menus for Woman’s World Magazine in New York City.
Upon returning to her native California, Cheryl worked as a Chef Instructor at the California School of Culinary Arts, where she educated culinary students in the art of Le Cordon Bleu method of classical French cooking, kitchen sanitation, and cooking methodology.
She also has extensive food styling and food photo editing experience as well, styling food on the sets of Friends and The Bold and the Beautiful.