Applewood smoked sausage, roasted potatoes and tender vegetables created a unique stew that was richly flavorful and hearty. I really enjoyed the roasted potatoes in this meal. They remained slightly fluffy on the inside and it was a delicious contrast of textures. This was a very fast meal to put together; easily on the table in less than 30 minutes. I started the onions and sausage in the pot and then chopped the carrots and celery while they were cooking.
Just a note about the red pepper flakes. Use the smaller amount initially, as it will enhance the stew and add a depth of flavor while not adding much heat. Adjust as desired for your own taste. I preferred the lesser amount, while my husband and oldest son very much enjoyed it with the additional pepper.