A creamy and hearty vegan sausage stew made with vegan sausage, sweet potatoes, leeks and red kidney beans. This stew is the perfect vegan comfort food.
You all have convinced me!
For the first time on my blog, I bring to you recipe that uses vegan sausage!
Thank you for pushing me to use it because it wasn’t as bad as I had imagined. Vegan sausage actually made this a delicious recipe.
Tips for making this vegan sausage stew
- Use an enameled dutch oven to make this vegan stew because the dutch oven really knows how to cook the ingredients to perfection
- Make sure you spray the inside of the Dutch oven with oil. Otherwise, all the ingredients will stick to it and you will have a hard time cleaning it.
- If you can find baby sweet potatoes, use regular sweet potatoes
- Use fresh herbs in this stew recipe, if you have them. I wish I had fresh Rosemary or Thyme to add to the soup. It would have a heavenly aroma and delicious flavor.
- If you don’t have coconut milk, you can use Almond milk or hazelnut milk. Regular cream will work too and it will become a vegetarian stew.
- Whole sausage works in this recipe, but you can also use crumbled sausage.
- I used Field Roast’s sausage, but, it’s really easy to make it at home, if you have time. Try Food Network’s vegan sausage recipe with black beans.
- Make sure you cook the sausage for at least 30 min because it will taste better.
Making the case for vegan sausage!
When we were growing up, we never used artificial meats. In fact, it wasn’t until I was in my teens that we heard of tofu. Our vegetarian Indian diet always contained vegetables, rice, pasta, lentils, etc.
So, whenever I see imitation meat that use seitan, soy-based, soy curls etc, I tend to run in the other direction. They taste too salty to me and they are tough to cook.
I do have a truck-load of respect for the companies that make imitation meats because they help people transition from a meat eating diet to veganism. That is a tremendous feat to achieve and the companies have always made great products.
So, when readers like you started asking for more “meatier” recipes, I felt that I should experiment. It was not an easy mind shift to make (took me 6 years of blogging before I posted a vegan sausage recipe, lol), but, I loved the experimenting process.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The vegan sausage wasn’t the worst thing I had tasted and it wasn’t salty.
Two huge pluses!
First, I tried a breakfast recipe and it wasn’t successful, lol. But, this vegan sausage stew turned out great after I tweaked the ingredients. The spices and sweet potato are the perfect compliment to the vegan sausage.
What’s in Vegan Sausage?
These are the ingredients in the Field Roast Vegan Sausage. To make this vegan sausage stew, I went with the Smoked Apple Sage flavor.
- Vital wheat gluten
- Safflower oil,
- Dried apples
- Mashed potatoes (Yukon gold)
- Liquid smoke flavor
You can also use Field Roast’s vegan Italian sausage flavor. It will work great with this recipe. All their products are plant based so you can eat without guilt. Plus, they have the perfect sausage shape so it looks like you are eating the real thing.
If you want to make this a vegan beef stew, use a celebration roast.
P/S: This vegan sausage can also be used in a minestrone soup.
Questions about making vegan sausage stew?
I don’t own a Dutch oven, so, what else can I use to make this stew?
Dutch ovens are really affordable to buy, but, I understand that they can be expensive sometimes. If you don’t have Dutch oven to make this vegan sausage stew, try any one of these devices. You will have to experiment on the amount of time.
- Slow cooker / crock pot (my 2nd favorite option)
- Pressure cooker / instant pot
- Large saucepan (cook stove top or in the oven at low to medium heat)
Can I make this stew without coconut milk?
Yes, you can absolutely make this stew without using any coconut or nut milk. This stew is perfect as a regular stew with a tomato base. The stew is perfect for a cold day, even if you don’t add the coconut milk.
You can also use a nut milk like almond or hazelnut.
Can I freeze this vegan stew?
Yes, this stew freezes perfectly. If possible, freeze the stew without adding the coconut milk. When you thaw it out and heat it, add the coconut milk at that time.
Make sure you put the date you made the vegan sausage stew on the container. I like to use all frozen foods within 6 months of freezing.
Is this stew spicy?
The only spicy thing I used in this vegan stew are red pepper flakes. If you can eat them on your pizza, then, you will not find this stew spicy.
All the other ingredients in this recipe take over the taste of the stew, so, you won’t find it spicy at all. You can also sub it with smoked paprika or eliminate the heat all together.
A few recipes using imitation meat
I don’t have too many recipes where I use imitation meat. These 3 recipes are delicious recipes that you can make anytime of the year.
One of the ingredients in this vegan burrito is Tempeh. Personally, I consider tempeh to be imitation meat.
This post uses vegan meatballs made by Gardein. Gardein had sent me a few of their products to test out.
I used Gardein’s Chick’n crispy tenders in this waffle burger
More Dutch Oven Recipes
How to make vegan sausage stew?
1) Preheat the oven to 400°. You can put the Dutch oven inside the oven while its heating. This way, the Dutch oven is also preheated
2) Spray the inside of the dutch oven with oil
3) Cut the vegan sausage into about 1″ thick rounds. After cutting them, add the sausages to the heated Dutch oven
4) Wash and chop the baby sweet potatoes. I like to keep the skin on.
5) Add the red chili flakes, salt and pepper (optional) and spices (Rosemary, thyme, oregano and ginger powder).
6) Drizzle the melted vegan butter over the sweet potatoes and vegan sausage. Do not stir. Optional: Add 1 bay leaf
7) Close the lid to the Dutch oven and place it in the preheated oven
8) Cook 30 minutes or until you can easily mush the vegan sausage, its ready
9) Remove the Dutch oven (It will be very hot, so, be sure to use oven mitts). Open the lid and remove bay leaf, if using.
10) Stir well and you can mash some of the potatoes and sausages. This is optional, but it will thicken the vegan stew.
11) Add 1 can of red kidney beans (Be sure to drain and wash them thoroughly first)
12) Add 1 can of diced tomatoes (15oz can or 2 cups)
13) Add 6 cups of water to the Dutch oven
14) Wash and finely chop 2 leaks. Add to the dutch oven and mix well
15) Close the lid and place the Dutch oven back into the main oven
16) Let the vegan sausage stew simmer for 75 min in the oven. I did open the Dutch oven a couple times to make sure that there was enough water.
17) Remove from the oven and open the lid. Add 1.5 Tbsp of Lemon Pepper and mix well
18) Serve as is because it tastes delicious
19) Or, add 1 cup of coconut milk to the Dutch oven
Serve this vegan sausage stew immediately or let it cool to room temperature before freezing.
Vegan Sausage Stew
- oil spray to coat the inside of the Dutch oven
- 4 piece vegan sausage I used Field Roast's Smoked Apple Sausage
- 6 baby sweet potatoes Keep skin on, wash and chop them
- 1 tsp red chili flakes optional
- 2 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp Rosemary
- 1 Tbsp thyme
- 1 Tbsp oregano
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 4 Tbsp vegan butter melted
- 1 Bay leaf optional
- 15 oz red kidney beans 1 can, drained and rinsed
- 15 oz diced tomatoes 1 can or 2 cups fresh tomatoes
- 6 cups water
- 2 leeks washed and diced
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning adjust to taste
- 1 cup coconut milk full fat, you can add more if you like it creamier
Prepare the Sausage
- Remove the label casing and stretch out the 4 sausages
- Using scissors, cut between the sausages
- Use a small knife to make a slit in the sausage. Slit it from the top to the bottom
- Gently peel off and discard the casing
Make the vegan sausage stew
- Preheat the oven to 400°. You can put the Dutch oven inside the oven while its heating. This way, the Dutch oven is also preheated
- Spray the inside of the dutch oven with oil
- Cut the vegan sausage into about 1" thick round and add them to the Dutch oven
- Add the baby sweet potatoes
- Add the red chili flakes (optional)
- Add Salt
- Add Rosemary, thyme, oregano
- Add ginger powder
- Drizzle the melted vegan butter over the sweet potatoes and vegan sausage
- Do not stir. Optional: Add 1 bay leaf
- Close the lid to the Dutch oven and place it in the preheated oven
- Cook for 30 minutes. When you can easily mush the vegan sausage, its ready
- Remove the Dutch oven (It will be very hot, so, be sure to use oven mitts).
- Open the lid and remove bay leaf, if using.
- Stir well and you can mash some of the potatoes and sausages
- Add red kidney beans
- Add diced tomatoes
- Add water to the Dutch oven
- Add chopped leek and stir well
- Close the lid and place the Dutch oven back into the main oven
- Let it simmer for 75 min
- Remove from the oven and open lid. Add 1.5 Tbsp of lemon pepper. Mix well
- Serve as is or add 1 cup of coconut milk to the Dutch oven
- Serve immediately
- 6 Quart Dutch Oven
- Soup Ladle