Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sausage & Perogie Stew with Butternut Squash

Crispy fried perogies are the star in this hearty sausage and butternut squash stew.

Sausage & Perogie Stew with Butternut Squash

Is anyone else sick of winter? I have to say that though we technically didn't get the majority of our snow until late December, I am ready for Spring and Summer! I'm tired of having to start the car 5-10 minutes before I head out somewhere. I'm tired of helping both kids put on snow pants, snow coats, hats, mittens, scarves, boots. I'm tired of washing the tile floor in my entry way, because no body seems able to stay on the area rug, even though it's gigantic. I'm tired of the cold, the wind, the below zero temperatures...... maybe I'm just tired?

What I'm not tired of, is the hearty soups and stews I've been making this winter. Meals that will warm you up from the inside out. That will comfort even the most tired soul. That is what this Perogie Stew does. I got the idea to make this, when I was taking inventory of what was in our freezer. I had tons of Italian Sausage (hubby seems to think there will be some sort of sausage shortage), and I had a huge bag of perogies. I also had a butternut squash that has been staring at me, for the last two weeks. So I decided to throw everything together and see what I could come up with. I have to say, it was pretty delicious! My nephew who is visiting really enjoyed it and said that the butternut squash went really well with the sausage and tomato based sauce. Queenie opted for a bagel and fruit for dinner and Mr.B said it was one of the best dinners I've made this winter. Hubby happily dug into the leftovers when he got home from work, late that night. It's a deliciously easy and quick weeknight meal.

Sausage & Perogie Stew with Butternut Squash

Sausage & Perogie Stew with Butternut Squash

1 Tbs olive oil
1 lb mild Italian sausages, casings removed
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
fresh ground pepper
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled and chopped into cubes
1 tsp oregano
2 C tomato juice, or V8 juice
1 C beef broth
20-25 perogies, boiled
2 Tbs butter
1 Tbs olive oil
sour cream (optional)
shredded marble cheddar (optional)

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the sausage and break up with a wooden spoon. Cook sausage until no longer pink. Add in the onions and season with salt and pepper; cooking until onions are translucent (3-4 minutes).

Add carrots and butternut squash and season with oregano. Cook for 2 minutes, then pour in the tomato juice and beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until carrots and squash are cooked through; about 15 minutes.

While stew is simmering, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in perogies and cook until perogies are floating to the top; approximately 3-5 minutes. Drain perogies.

Heat a large skillet with the butter and 1 Tbs of olive oil, over med-med high heat. Once butter begins to sizzle, add the perogies, making sure they are in one layer in the pan (you will have to do two to three batches). Cook until lightly golden, then flip to cook the other side; about 3 minutes per side. Place perogies in a baking dish and keep warm in a low oven (200 degrees F), while you fry remaining perogies.

To serve ladle some stew into a bowl. Top with 3-4 perogies and top with an additional ladle of stew. Top with sour cream and grated cheese, if desired.

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mealplanmaven said...

So hearty and warming! I hope the weather warms up for you soon!

Peter of Feed Your Soul Too said...

Love this idea. Topped with the egg - awesome!

Tampa Cake Girl said...

This stew looks so yummy Cindy. Sharing the love on my page!

minnie@thelady8home said...

Its looking so delish and warm.

Miz Helen said...

Your Stew would be just perfect for this cold weather that we are having. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Sherry Nappa said...

This stew looks perfect! Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday. Hope to see you again this week.