Chef John's Sausage, Zucchini, and Potato Stew

Spicy smoky sausage adds flavor and zest to a simple stew of zucchini and potatoes.

Cook sausage in a large pot over medium heat until fat begins to render from sausage, about 3 minutes. If pan is too dry, drizzle olive oil over sausage and cook until sausage is browned, about...


  • 1 pound spicy smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 zucchinis, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds small Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • water, or as needed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1/2 cup small cherry tomatoes (such as Sweet 100)

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