This is one of my favorites. The picture posted looks nothing like the stew. It's way too thick! The reviewer who used potatoes instead of kidney beans ruined it in my opinion! My variations; I also add GARLIC and zucchini with the veggies and I add 3-1/2 cups water, 1/2 cup red wine. I add a bay leaf and a can of cut-up stewed tomatoes. With the peas and spices ,I also add fresh minced parsley and a teaspoon of chili powder. This is supposed to be more chili -like than stew- like.I top each serving with mozzarella/cheddar blend and serve with garlic toast. Prego heart-smart pasta sauce is wonderful in this. I always have all the ingredients on hand for this one! The original recipe is from Taste of Home and is made with turkey Italian sausage which is way less greasy.
This didn't go over as well as I would have thought w/DS's and DH. Only 1 of 4 cared for the taste. I did sub two diced potatoes for the kidney beans and also used corn instead of the peas. I'm not sure if that was enough of a difference to give it a taste unlike your own. But, I will say all in all it was a very hearty and filling supper for the fam. Made for January Beverage Tag 08.