Tuscan Root Vegetable Stew

Serves: 4 to 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

3 tablespoons unrefined olive oil
3 to 4 cloves minced garlic
⅓ cup finely chopped leek or shallot
¼ cup sweet white cooking wine
2 cups chopped root veggies of your choice (rutabaga, carrot, and turnip; red
potato is nice as well)
4 cups (32 ounce) gluten-free vegetable or chicken broth (reserve 1½ cups)
2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained, and rinsed
1½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary, or thyme, or half of each
¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
“Rosemary sea salt” to taste (see recipe below)
Fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs for garnish

Add the olive oil to a medium or large soup pot and heat to medium. Stir in garlic and let caramelize a bit, about 2 minutes. Add leek and cooking wine; let simmer 3 or 4 minutes. Add chopped root vegetables and 2½ cups of the broth. Cover and let simmer. In a blender or food processor, put half of the cannellini beans and the remaining 1½ cups broth along with the rosemary and/or thyme; blend until well-mixed. Add this to the stew, and continue to simmer 20 to 30 minutes until your veggies are the desired texture. About 5 minutes before serving add the remaining beans, parsley, and apple cider vinegar. Sprinkle rosemary sea salt on top to taste. Serve with a spring of fresh rosemary or thyme and a side of Sprouted Quinoa Flatbread. This is also paired nicely with some salty, hard cheese bits on top, such as Parmesan.

To make Rosemary Sea Salt:
Put one part chopped, fresh rosemary to 2 parts sea salt in a coffee grinder (used for grinding herbs). Pulse until rosemary is very finely chopped and well mixed with salt. You can store this for several weeks in a glass container or salt “pig.” Great addition to Italian dishes!