French Garbure Stew: A hearty chicken and vegetable peasant soup fortified with white beans and sausage for some magnificent comfort food!
French Garbure Stew
Have you ever heard of a French garbure stew? Until we picked out February’s French Fridays with Dorie recipes, neither had I. Turns out it’s a peasant soup or stew hailing from Gascony in southwest France. Typically made with a ham bone, Dorie gave us the option of using pork shoulder which worked wonderfully. I added the optional garlic sausage, but not the duck leg, plus a boatload of veggies and beans and let this savory French garbure stew simmer away.
A Hearty Stew with Supermarket Ingredients!
Bill came home from work and walked straight to the kitchen, following the enticing aroma of this French garbure stew. “This looks like my kind of soup,” he volunteered. And I agreed. I didn’t mention the turnips as he dug in, and neither did he. Not this enables me to add them to the foods he will now eat, but it was a small victory.
I used some Smoked Linguica Sausage from Whole Foods which just reinforced the spice and garlic flavors in this incredible stew. The onions, garlic, leeks and shallots along with pork, sausage, a plethora of veggies, canellini beans and broth can all be purchased at the supermarket, and ensure that anyone can add to this dish to their menu.
The recipe can be found in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. Bill and I both gave this rustic peasant food high praise…so if you need some hearty comfort food, this garbure will not disappoint.
- ½ cup cannellini beans
- 2 strips of bacon, cut into small pieces
- 1 medium sized Spanish onion, cut into 8 wedges
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 leek, white and light green parts only, split lengthwise, washed and cut into 1-inch long pieces
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried savory
- 6 cups chicken broth (or 6 cups water + 3 chicken bouillon cubes )
- 2 medium sized carrots, trimmed, peeled, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch long pieces
- 2 stalks of celery, trimmed and cut into 1 inch long pieces
- 1 medium sized turnip, peeled and diced
- 1 medium sized potato, peeled and diced
- ⅓ medium sized green cabbage, cored, outer leaves removed, shredded
- 2 chicken legs, deskinned
- 1 ½ tsps garlic salt
- 1 tsp white pepper
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper
- 2 cooked pork sausages, cut into ½-inch slices (I used Smoked Linguica Sausage)
- Rinse the beans, cover with few inches of water, bring it to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Turn off the heat, cover and set aside for 1 hour or refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to cook, drain off the beans, rinse and keep aside. Dutch oven pot over medium-low heat.
- Add the pieces of bacon to a Dutch oven or large soup pot. Turning them often, cook the bacon bits until they are browned and crispy. Then transfer the bacon bits into a bowl, leaving the fat in the pot for cooking.
- Keeping the heat at medium-low, add the Spanish and green onions, garlic, leek, the bay leaves and the herbs, stir and mix so that the veggies are are well coated with the fat and herbs. Cover and stir frequently, cooking until the vegetables become soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Pour the broth or water and bouillon cubes into the pot, add the carrots, celery, turnip, potato and cabbage as well as the reserved cannellini beans, the chicken legs and half of the cooked bacon bits.
- Bring the pot of vegetables and meat to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.
- Partially cover the pot, and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.
- After an hour, remove the chicken legs. Using two forks, remove the meat from bones, discard the bones and put the meat back into the simmering pot of stew.
- Stir in the garlic salt, white pepper and crushed red pepper and simmer the stew for another 45 minutes.
- Add the sliced sausage and stirring occasionally simmer for the final 45 minutes.
- Check the seasonings, add more salt and pepper if needed, then turn off the heat and ladle it into the serving bowls.