Happy Valentine’s Day!
I love Valentine’s Day! I don’t just love it because of all the sweets and flowers but because I love love. I love romance…doesn’t just about every woman out there? It’s really meant for lovers but now it’s also about your children, friends, parents. Anyone can be your Valentine. Such a wonderful day! I also realize that not everyone likes Valentine’s Day so be careful who you talk to about Valentine’s day!
I have to say that I was going to post this delicious Cherry Nut Bread but…
It didn’t work out well at all! Disaster! It was burnt on the outside and raw on the inside….What the heck! Not every recipe turns out perfect!
So instead I have a delicious crock pot meal.
Now this turned out perfect!
Crockpot Chickpeas Stew with Italian Sausage, Tomatoes and Pesto
- 2 tsp. olive oil (or slightly more, depending on your pan)
- 1 pkg. (19.5 oz.) raw turkey Italian Sausage
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 T minced garlic
- 1 tsp. ground fennel (probably optional, but this adds amazing flavor)
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed well and drained
- 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (15 oz.) crushed tomatoes (or use all diced or all crushed tomatoes if that’s what you have on hand.)
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup basil pesto (I used the basil I made and froze in the summer))
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- freshly-grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional, but good)
Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, squeeze the sausage out of the casings (discard casings), and cook the sausage over medium-high heat until it’s nicely browned, breaking it apart with a turner as it cooks. When the sausage is nicely browned, push it to one side of the pan, add onions, and cook until they’re starting to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the minced garlic, ground fennel, and Italian seasoning and cook 1 minute more. Transfer sausage onion mixture to the slow cooker.
Add Garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and water to the slow cooker. Cook for about 4 hours on high or 8-9 hours on low.
When the beans are quite soft and the flavors are well-combined, add the pesto and cook about 20 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and serve hot, with Parmesan cheese to add at the table if desired.
This was soooo good. I think the addition of pesto is what made this extra delicious. It’s also healthy so you can’t lose on this meal!
Have a wonderful day filled with love!