Monday, December 19, 2011

hunters stew // ciabatta croutons

hunters stew
an odd thing for a vegan to recreate

when making this stew, i was thinking of what it would be like to live in a cabin in the middle of the woods with a wood stove to cook over and a perfectly seasoned cast iron dutch oven and frying pan

i think i would like to live like this -

i think this until i remember:
a. i don't like smelling like woodsmoke
b. i don't like lugging firewood

a perfect stew for cold winters - a warm satisfying weekend meal you can share with friends
with or with out the wood burning fireplace

hunters stew // ciabatta croutons

traditionally, hunters stew features sausage, rabbit & chicken

i opted for sausage only - feel free to use any meat substitute you have on hand
any & all would work equally well

the potato and yellow split peas thicken the stew without the need of added fat

baby bellas add an earthiness that i can never get enough of

garlic & onion - well, no stew would be complete without them

parsley adds a bit of color to the final dish

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hunters stew // ciabatta croutons

i almost forgot the carrots - thankfully i remembered

hunters stew // ciabatta croutons

homemade veggie broth is best
but, in a pinch organic store bought works just as well

hunters stew // ciabatta croutons

ciabatta bread croutons - need i say more

well yeah - seasoned to perfection with nutritional yeast & all purpose seasoning

after the soup was gone, i ate all the croutons straight outta the bowl

hunters stew // ciabatta croutons

sauteed with a bit of butter and olive oil

hunters stew // ciabatta croutons


a perfectly crunchy garnish for a perfectly fabulous stew

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a stew that warms your belly and your heart
a hunters stew that does not require hunting
that my friends, makes me smile
hunters stew // ciabatta croutons

Hunters Stew ~ Ciabatta Croutons
serves 4

you will need:
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 15 baby bella mushrooms, quartered
  • 8oz light life gimme lean ground sausage
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 medium red skinned potatoes, cubed
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 1/2 cup yellow split peas
  • 32oz veggie broth
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • parsley for garnishing
for the croutons:
  • 1 square ciabatta roll - about 1  1/2 cups cubed
  • 1tsp butter
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1tsp all purpose seasoning
  • pinch salt
  • in a medium soup pot heat olive oil over medium heat - saute onion until translucent
  • add baby bellas and a pinch of salt - cook until mushrooms begin to turn golden brown
  • sausage and garlic are added next, cooking until the sausage begins to turn golden brown
  • potatoes, split peas & carrots are added to the pot along with the veggie broth - season with salt & pepper . bring to a boil
  • reduce heat to low, place the cover askew (to allow steam to escape) onto the pot & simmer for 30 minutes
  • meanwhile, cube the bread for the croutons
  • in a medium saute pan, over medium heat add butter, oil & bread - sprinkle with nutritional yeast, seasoning and salt- tossing to evenly coat all sides of the bread cubes
  • cook over medium heat tossing frequently until all sides are golden - about 10 minutes. remove from heat (i think this would equally work well baked in a 350* oven if you do not want to make on the stove top)
  • allow the soup to sit for approximately 10 minutes prior to serving
  • ladle finished soup in bowls, garnish with ciabatta croutons & fresh parsley


  1. This looks AMAZING! I want to make this asap!

  2. Making this right now... thank you for the souper healthy recipe! Perfect for this week before Christmas. I saw another recipe (can't remember where) for roasted veggie soup and so I've put the shrooms and some celery and carrots and zuchinni in the oven, just about to take out and add to the soup which is simmering w/the onion, broth, potatoes and lentils... making the croutons out of Ezekiel bread since that's all I have on had.

  3. Beautiful...looks just delicious!

  4. wow this looks so healthy and amazing! stunning photos and love that little touch with scribbles on. yum! rustic homemade meal, i'm inspired to make this now!!

  5. This recipe looks delicious! It's too bad I don't have all the ingredients on hand right now...

    What do you do to get your homemade veggie broth to look so rich? I also make my own broth, and while it tastes great, it doesn't look nearly as nice as your broth.

  6. Thank you all for the wonderful comments - love, all *the love* that is shown in the bloggin community!

    @ Jennie & Lindsay - thanks for visiting!

    @ choosing life - i LOVE that you are making this and putting your own twist on it!

    @ alison & boabas - thank you!

    @ Matt - I am planning on posting my veggie broth recipe soon (in January), maybe it looks so rich because it is in a blue ball jar? :-) Thanks for visting again!

  7. BAHAHAHA! "I don't like smelling like woodsmoke"
    My friend lives in a cabin home in the mountains and her main heater is a wood-burning fireplace. I cannot *stand* how I and my clothes smell when I get home. And it takes FOREVER to get the smell out too! Ugh. We would be terrible mountain women :)
    Your pictures are simply gorgeous and I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into labeling them. I know how painstakingly long it can take and I just wanted to say they are appreciated :) xo

  8. Must make! Your photos are lovely, by the way!

  9. haha i finally clicked "follow" after i realized that i ALWAYS click on your photos through foodgawker ;) your food is so enticing!

  10. @ Cara Woodsmoke and Campfire! Once a year for a weekend I become a *Camping Lady* in the middle of the woods with my man - yep, I have become less adventure like in my old age :-)

    @ that was vegan - thank you for stopping by and the wonderful comment

    @ caitlin - YAY I am so happy you are now a follower - welcome to SMBP :-)

  11. Mmm, sounds delicious! Especially with those croutons over top(although I'd probably eat those straight out of the pan :D)

  12. Sounds delicious! Those croutons look so so good.

  13. Heather
    Another great recipe and write up...great feedback from everyone. Keep up the great cooking!!
    Love you

  14. This looks delicious. Just one suggestion since this is a "vegan" recipe - change "butter" to "vegan buttery spread" or something like that, because while butter may be vegetarian, it's not vegan.

    Thank you!

  15. I feel like some hunter's stew already, especially with the those ciabatta croutons to soak it up - yummo!

  16. Ooooo! This recipe looks truly delicious! I am looking to make a really hearty stew this upcoming Sunday to have for lunches over next week. This one will be perfect! Love the blog. I'll definitely be following your posts throughout the new year ^_^

    Courtney from

    1. Thank you Courtney - I hope you enjoyed the Stew!

  17. Replies
    1. That is so AWESOME Renee - I am glad that you had the chance to make it :)

  18. Fabulous looking stew! Tomorrow I'm going to write a post about it, directing my readers to your blog to find out more Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing such a super meal.

  19. Made this tonight and it was wonderful, thank you!

    1. I am so happy you liked it! It is definitely a favorite around our house - hands down probably my favorite winter stew :)

  20. Made a slightly modified version of the stew and it was AMAZING!!! I didn't have any sausage but added some cauliflower. The stew is hearty but not overly rich - perfect comfort food. Thank you for the recipe!!!

    1. LOVE the idea of subbing in Cauliflower- brilliant! I am going to have to give that a try - so happy you stopped by to tell me what you thought of the recipe :)

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