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This hearty and comforting Cannellini Bean Sausage Stew combines the creamy goodness of cannellini beans with the bold flavors of hot sausage. Whether you’re looking for a satisfying meal for a chilly evening, or simply want to indulge in a flavorful delight, this bean stew recipe is sure to please. One of the fantastic aspects of this Bean Stew recipe is how quick and easy it is to prepare. This one-pot recipe is an excellent choice for a satisfying weeknight meal. After a long day at work or when time is of the essence, you can still enjoy a delicious homemade dinner without spending hours in the kitchen.

A blue bowl filled with Cannellini Bean Sausage Stew garnished with fresh chopped parsley

WHY THIS CANNELLINI BEAN SAUSAGE STEW IS GREAT FOR A WEEKNIGHT MEAL!

By taking advantage of the simplicity and efficiency of this recipe, you can enjoy a wholesome and flavorful Cannellini Bean Sausage Stew on even the busiest of weeknights. This stew recipe is also great for meal prep and will hold up well in the freezer.

  1. Minimal Prep Time: The preparation for this stew requires minimal effort. The sausage adds plenty of flavor, so there’s no need for extensive seasoning or complex preparations.
  2. One-Pot Wonder: This bean stew recipe is a one-pot wonder! So, there is less cleanup and fewer dishes to tackle after dinner.
  3. Quick Cooking Time: Once all the ingredients are assembled in the pot, the stew simply needs to simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Make-Ahead and Leftovers: If you prefer to plan ahead or if you have a busy week ahead, this stew is a great candidate for make-ahead preparation. You can easily prepare the stew in advance and store it in the refrigerator or freezer, until needed.

INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

The versatility of this cannellini bean recipe allows you to customize it based on your preferences and the time you have available.

Cannellini Beans – To thicken the stew, add one can directly to the pot without draining or rinsing. Navy beans or Great Northern Beans are great substitutions.

Hot Sausage – Link sausage out of the casing works best. Substitute with ground, if you prefer. If you do not enjoy the heat, use mild sausage, ground beef, or even ground turkey.

Vegetables – This stew is simply made with onions, garlic and fresh spinach. Feel free to add minced celery and/or carrots. However, you may have to adjust the cooking time, or add as you are browning the sausage.

Whole Tomatoes – Substitute canned, whole tomatoes with canned, diced or crushed. Fresh tomatoes can also be used. Note, you will probably not need all of the sauce from the can.

Herbs – Add your favorite blend of herbs. Rosemary would work really well in this Sausage and Bean Stew.

Cannellini Bean Sausage Stew cooking in an enameled cast iron pot

HOW TO SERVE CANNELLINI BEAN SAUSAGE STEW

The hearty stew can be served as a complete meal on its own, eliminating the need to prepare additional side dishes. However, you can also pair it like I did ladled over warm mashed potatoes.

Additional pairing include:

  • with a side salad
  • loads of crusty bread
  • rice or orzo pasta
  • serve in a bread bowl with grated Parmesan cheese

If you love cannellini beans as much as I do, check out these recipes utilizing this tasty bean:

HOW TO STORE CANNELLINI BEAN STEW

If you have leftover Cannellini Bean Sausage Stew, or want to make this quick stew ahead of time, here’s how to store and reheat it to retain its deliciousness:

  1. Storage: Allow the stew to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the stew for up to 3 months, ensuring it is stored in a freezer-safe container.
  2. Reheating: When ready to enjoy this Bean Stew, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator (if frozen) and reheat it gently on the stovetop over low heat, stirring occasionally. If reheating individual portions, the microwave can also be used.
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A blue bowl filled with Cannellini Bean Sausage Stew garnished with fresh chopped parsley

Cannellini Bean Sausage Stew


Description

This hearty and comforting Cannellini Bean Sausage Stew combines the creamy goodness of cannellini beans with the bold flavors of hot sausage. Whether you’re looking for a satisfying meal for a chilly evening, or simply want to indulge in a flavorful delight, this bean stew recipe is sure to please.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cans cannellini beans, one can drained and rinsed
  • 1 pound hot sausage links
  • 1 package prepared mashed potatoes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, reserve most of the sauce (use only if the stew seems too thick)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 white onion, minced
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottom pot.
  • Remove the sausage from the casings and add to the pot. Break apart.
  • Once the sausage is almost fully cooked, add in the minced onion and garlic. Cook for another minute, or two.
  • Add in the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Crush the tomatoes and allow everything to simmer for at least 10 minutes. 
  • Add in the spinach and cannellini beans. 
  • Stir gently and allow the beans to warm through, about another 5 minutes. 
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.
  • Serve alone, or on top of mashed potatoes.
  • ENJOY!

Notes

  • sausage in casing has more flavor than ground
  • you will not use all of the sauce in the canned tomatoes
  • serve alone or with suggestions in post
  • top freshly grated Parmesan cheese as an additional flavor element
  • see post for additional notes, tips and substitutions
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

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