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.
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.
- 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.
- One-Pot Wonder: This bean stew recipe is a one-pot wonder! So, there is less cleanup and fewer dishes to tackle after dinner.
- Quick Cooking Time: Once all the ingredients are assembled in the pot, the stew simply needs to simmer for about 15 minutes.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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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