Autumn Ital Stew

Autumn Ital Stew


  • 1 cup dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
  • 1 piece of ginger of about 45 inches, peeled and cut into 1-inch coins
  • 1 piece of kombu of about 3 inches (optional)
  • 2  teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 45 big cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet pepper (you may sub habanero), seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice or 1015 whole berries
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 23 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 green onions, trimmed, but left whole
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups winter squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled and chopped 
  • 1 small sweet potato or yam, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small Yukon gold potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup kale, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped and packed loosely
  • White pepper, to taste


Combine the beans, the ginger coins and the kombu in a medium saucepan. Cover with enough water to cover the beans by at least 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, removing the foam, when needed. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer, partially covered, until the beans are tender, about 60-90 minutes. If necessary, add water while cooking to ensure the beans are always fully covered.  Drain, reserving 2 cups of the cooking liquid. Discard the ginger and kombu.

Heat the coconut oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, hot pepper, allspice, cayenne and thyme sprigs. Let cook, while stirring, for 1-2 minute(s). Add the green onions, bay leaves, coconut milk, bean cooking liquid, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and continue to simmer. Add the squash, parsnip, sweet potato or yam and potato. Keep simmering until the vegetables are cooked through but still hold their shape, about 15-18 minutes. Add the beans and give it a good stir.

Remove and discard the green onions, bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Remove from the heat and add the kale. Taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Add the lime juice, cilantro and white pepper. Serve warm. Bon appétit!

Keywords: ital, stew, jamaica

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