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Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Stew

By: 29 Minutes to Dinner Volume I Cookbook from The Pampered Chef
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This is one of the best stew recipes you'll ever find! This tasty Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Stew will be a family-favorite during the cold, winter months. Jam-packed with delicious flavor and spices, you'll love the heartiness of this dish!

Serves6

Cooking Time29 min

Cooking MethodSlow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound hot Italian sausage links
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 medium bulb fresh fennel
  • 1 can (14.5-ounce) petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 cans (15-ounce) cannellini beans
  • 1 package of fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Remove casings from sausage. Cut in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch nuggets.
     
  2. Place sausage into 4 quart (or 4 liter) casserole and cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
     
  3. As sausage cooks, peel carrots.
     
  4. Chop carrots and fennel; add to casserole and cook an additional 3-5 minutes, or until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables begin to brown.
     
  5. Stir tomatoes, broth and garlic into sausage mixture.
     
  6. Drain and rinse beans using small colander; add to casserole.
     
  7. Simmer stew, uncovered, 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
     
  8. As stew simmers, chop basil. Remove casserole from heat; stir in basil. Serve immediately.

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This is one of my favorite winter soup recipes to make. It is easy and tastes incredible.

Bobh1933 Jan 7, 2012 I'm making this but will do it from "scratch" except for the tomatoes. I'll not use Italian Sausage but plain Johnsonville Brats! The fennel will be enough Italian flavor. I want to be able to taste the other ingrediates!!

no fennel at store so decided on leeks and mild sausage...oh wow! great! Kids ate the whole pot!

@sbessette 2720737, Thanks for your message. We understand nutritional information is vital to many of our readers, which is why we are in the process of adding this information to our recipes. It is a long process, however, and we have literally thousands of recipes on our site. Please be patient as we make these updates! Thanks for taking the time to contact us. --Editors of RecipeLion

Had anyone firgured out the calorie count or the weight watchers points for thie wonderful stew???

This is a great recipe. I knew that hot spicy sausage might be too much for me so I used mild turkey sausage. I also added some onions. It is really delicious. Sandy

I made this stew and it was delicious! My local farmers market didn't have fresh fennel, but the closest to it was Anise. I used diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano with no added salt instead of plain petite diced tomatoes and also dried basil instead of fresh. I also used Johnsonville hot Italian sausage. It will definitely warm you up on a cold day! Loved it! I think even a little pasta would have been great to add to it too!

Sounded very good but the spice from the itialian hot sausage spoiled it all. Very spicy-could not taste other flavors plus was expensive to make for 6+ servings. Will not make this one again.

Can't wait to make this stew.....it sounds delicious.

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