Eggplant Chili with Fava and Merguez

Eggplant Chili with Fava and Merguez

                                   Eggplant Chili with Fava and Merguez

Eggplant Chili with Fava and MerguezMy Eggplant Chili with Fava and Merguez is a vegetable forward chili that stars the cornucopia of organic late summer vegetables that are so available this time of year! I spice up this chili with just two links of lamb merguez sausage but this is optional; you can omit the sausage to make a completely vegetarian version of this delicious chili! Fava beans punch up the protein of my Eggplant Chili with Fava and Merguez and Aleppo pepper provides the just right amount of heat to this favorable medley of organic tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, corn, onions and garlic! Enjoy my Eggplant Chili with Fava and Merguez over al dente Fregola, orzo or basmati rice; or just eat it solo with crusty bread to sop up all the goodness of this yummy organic chili! A leafy green salad and dry red or white wine are great partners, Enjoy!

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 links of lamb merguez sausage, remove casings

3-4 small organic eggplant, do not peel

1 organic cipolini onion, peeled and chopped

2-3 cloves organic garlic, peeled and sliced

1 small organic zucchini or yellow squash, sliced

1 each organic red and green pepper, chopped 

3 ripe organic tomatoes, chopped

6 organic basil leaves, roughly chopped

1 bunch organic flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon Aleppo chili pepper

1 can organic fava beans, drained

1 organic corn on the cob that has been precooked, kernels shaved off of the cob in planks 

Parmesan or feta cheese as garnish, optional

In a medium deep cooking vessel, heat the oil to medium 

Add the lamb, break up and brown

Add next five ingredients, cook and stir until tender

Stir in the tomatoes, basil, parsley and seasonings

Add in the fava beans and corn

Simmer and stir for another 20 minutes

Serve over rice, orzo or al dente fregola or solo with crusty bread. Enjoy with a leafy green salad and dry wine!

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