Garbanzo Bean Stew

Just thinking about this recipe, it doesn’t sound so good but if you’ve ever trusted me . . well, don’t admit it but you should trust me on this one.   I think it was a pretty easy recipe and considering how much soup it made, it might be fairly inexpensive.

My recipe is an adaptation of this recipe.

Before I start the recipe, the original recipe called for one 6 oz. can of tomato paste.  I think that much tomato paste gives most dishes a bitter taste so I buy tomato paste in a tube.  It’s one of the few things I will spend extra money on for convenience but I love being able to use a squirt of tomato paste and not throw out half a can of it.

2 – 15 oz. cans garbanza beans, drained and rinsed
1 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced
4 ribs celery, thinly sliced
2 medium onions, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
Canned tomatoes (I used 2 quarts home canned — I guess that’s about 3 – 14 or 15 oz. cans of tomatoes)
2 cans beef broth
1 lb. Polish sausage, cut into cubes
2 T. tomato paste
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. Mural of Flavor (Penzey’s)
1/2 tsp. salt (I didn’t add salt because there’s salt in my canned tomatoes)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
6 fresh basil leaves
1 – 8 oz. container of hummus (optional – I don’t always use it and can hardly tell any difference when I use it vs. not use it.)


1.  The sausage I used wasn’t greasy at all and I ended up having to add a bit of oil.  Brown the sausage.  If there’s any oil, drain off all but a couple of tablespoons.

2.  Add the onions, celery and bell pepper and saute.

3.  Add the carrots and cook for a couple of minutes..

4.  Add the beans, tomatoes, broth and spices.  Stir in the tomato paste.

5.  Put the lid on, turn the fire down low and go sew for a few hours.

We had grilled cheese sandwiches with our soup and it was a fantastic meal.  We had plenty of soup with dinner and there was still 3 quarts left over for other meals or for freezing.

The Best Breakfast Ever

One of our favorite weekend breakfasts is Migas.

It’s so filling and so good.  We had this over the weekend and Vince was saying . . who would ever have thought we’d be eating beans and guacamole for breakfast?  I wanted to say . . Whoever thought we’d be living in a house the size of a peanut, with no dishwasher, in central Texas, where it never rains and is hotter than heck, with spiders, scorpions and rattlesnakes? And grasshoppers that make the plague of the locusts look like nothing?   But, in my old age, I’m learning to keep my mouth shut . . sometimes.

He moved to Brownwood a few months before I did and on weekends, he’d go to a local Mexican restaurant and this is what he always got.  He was telling me about it and it just never sounded good but once I got here and had it, I knew I had to figure out how to make it at home.  I think mine is even better than what we get at the restaurant but I tend to think that about a lot of my cooking.