Pierogi and Squash Stew

2 Tsp extra virgin olive oil

8 ounces Italian turkey sausage, casings removed

1 TB tomato paste

1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced

2 TB all-purpose flour

2 c low sodium chicken broth

3 c shredded coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage

1 10-ounce bag frozen cubed butternut squash, thawed

1 12-to-13-ounce package cheddar and potato pierogies

Kosher salt

1/3 c sour cream

Freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat; add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms and stir well to coat. Increase the heat to medium high, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute, then stir in the chicken broth and 2 cups water, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add the coleslaw mix to the pot, cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the cabbage is wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the squash and pierogies and simmer, uncovered, until the pierogies are cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt. Divide among bowls and top with the sour cream, and pepper to taste.