Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gluten Free Leek, Potato and Bean Stew

We just had a string of cold, wet and dreary days here in Philadelphia.  For me it was a little taste of home... Home as in Syracuse, NY that is, where sunny days only come about about 60 times a year.  For me, although it's a bit strange, there is something comforting about miserable weather.  I think it's because when the weather is at its worst, I tend to appreciate the little pleasures in life even more.  Like cuddling with a partner or a loved one... enjoying a hot mug of cocoa. Or, a steaming bowl of stew.  It was on one of these atypically dreary days in Philadelphia that I decided to whip up a big batch of this stew.  It's inexpensive, and super easy!

The spices make this stew pop for sure, but the combination of leek, potatoes, onions and beans always create a sense of homecoming for me.  There's nothing like the power of food to warm not just one's palate, but one's soul as well.  Everyone who tried this stew absolutely loved it, and I'm sure you will too:)

Total prep and cooking time: 1 1/2 hours
Feeds: About 4 - Want more?, double it up!


  • 1 can cannellini or navy beans (drained)
  • 1lb potatoes, skinned, rinsed and diced up
  • 3 tblsp vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 leeks (sliced)
  • 8 oz. can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tblsp tomato paste
  • 4 cups gluten free vegetable broth
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tblsp fresh cilantro (rinsed and chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper as desired

Cooking Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a deep, heavy pot (or dutch oven).  Add the potatoes, onion and leeks and cook for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are pale golden (stirring occasionally).
  2. Stir in the garlic, cumin and paprika and cook for a couple more minutes.
  3. Then add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the beans, cover, and lower the heat to simmer for about 1 hour.
  5. Before serving, stir in the cilantro and as much salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Be prepared to be comforted and enjoy!

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