1 1/2 lb. Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded & chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
3 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
1 lb Chicken Sausage (or whatever kind of sausage you prefer)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp dried Oregano
1 can (14 oz) Petite Diced Tomatoes
2/3 cup uncooked Quinoa (rinsed)
3/4 cup pitted and quartered Kalamata Olives
Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or more if you like it spicy!)
1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
Fresh Parsley (to garnish)
1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast (*Optional cheese substitute that thickens and adds a nice cheesy flavor)
- Steam the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside.
- Steam the remaining squash until very tender, an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Mash this squash with the back of a fork. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil and sauté chicken sausage until browned (2 min), as it will cook more later (to make it easier, cut sausage into thirds)
- Transfer the chicken sausage to a plate and allow to cool, then slice into bite size pieces.
- In the same saucepan lower heat to medium. Add remaining olive oil.
- Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.
- To the saucepan, add tomatoes, butternut squash pieces, mashed butternut squash and black pepper. Stir to combine.
- Stir in chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15-20 minutes.
- Stir the chicken sausage, olives, cayenne pepper, and crushed red pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in parsley and nutritional yeast (or add your favorite shredded cheese on top) and serve. **The longer it sits, the better the flavors are able to absorb into the stew.
**This recipe is great for a cold, winter day or for fall Game Days! It’s even better leftover, but you may want to double this recipe, because I highly doubt you will have any leftovers! Enjoy!!