With the cold winter weather, we are all looking for warm stews and soups to give us warmth and comfort.  This is a great recipe that is a cross between a soup and a stew.  I got it from the magazine "Living Without" which is the magazine we get at the Celiac support meeting we attend at Rex Hospital. It looks like a lot of ingredients but really it is quite a simple recipe.  


3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided                              1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 oz pancetta, cubed                                            3 cups gluten free chicken broth
1 large onion, chopped                                          2 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with juice
3 stalks celery, chopped                                       2 Tablespoons tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, chopped                                        2 (16 oz) cans red kidney beans
1 1/2 lbs ground chicken or turkey                         2 cups gluten free elbow pasta
3 teaspoons dried parsley                                     1/3-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
1 teaspoon Italian herb blend
1 bay leaf


In a large pot, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and set over medium high heat.  Add pancetta and cook just until edges begin to brown.  Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil, onion, celery and garlic to the pot.  Saute over medium heat until vegetables begin to soften but do not let them brown.  Add chicken and remaining 1 Tablespoon olive oil and cook until chicken is no longer pink, breaking up into pieces as it cooks.  Add parsley, Italian herb blend, bay leaf and red pepper flakes and saute briefly.  Add chicken broth, tomatoes and juice, tomato paste and beans.  Simmer covered 10 to 15 minutes. 

In a separate pot, cook pasta in salted water until chewy but not soft.  Drain.  Add to stew if serving right away. and serve with cheese on the side.  Alternatively, ladle stew into individual bowls adding a portion of cooked pasta and some cheese to each serving.  (Gluten free pasta gets soggy if left sitting in warm liquid, so add the pasta and the cheese to the stew just before serving)



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