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Friday, January 18, 2013

Sausage & White Bean Stew: Foodie Friday

Sausage & White Bean Stew
Sausage & White Bean Stew

Sausage and white bean stew is a classic Italian peasant dish. My guess is that it originated as a way to feed a whole family with a little bit of meat. You can use any sausage in this dish. I usually make it with Sweet Italian Sausage but this time I had Keilbasa on hand.... any leftover meat is fine too: chicken, beef, even fish can be thrown into this stew along with any type of green vegetable you have on hand. Escarole and kale work just as well as spinach in this versatile stew.

PS: My husband was genuinely surprised when I whisked him away for a romantic ski weekend for his 50th birthday last week... time without kids is oh, so important. 


Sausage & White Bean Stew

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation time: 15 minutes                                  serves 4 - 6

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves of garlic minced
1 pound Italian sausage chopped
2 15 ounce cans of cannelloni beans 
1 teaspoon of oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of beef broth
1 9 ounce bag of baby spinach

Directions:

1) Heat oil on medium high in a large skillet. Sauté onions and garlic until limp, do not brown the garlic. Remove from pan.

2) Brown sausage, once it is cooked return onions and garlic to pan. Add beans (do not drain), oregano, salt and pepper and beef broth. Bring to a boil.

3) Once mixture is boiling add spinach and turn off the heat. Let the stew sit for at least 10 minutes if not longer. Check salt and pepper before serving with rustic bread or potatoes. 



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35 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the party Diane, and I wish you a great weekend

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  2. Thanks for hosting, Diane! Have a lovely weekend :-)

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  3. What a nice surprise to see my split pea soup this morning. Thanks for including it and thank you for hosting each Friday.

    Happy belated birthday to your husband. I know you both must have enjoyed getting away and celebrating milestone birthdays is so important. Have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

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    1. You are welcome... I think your soup and your cooking tips are fabulous. So glad you are a party of foodie friday.

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  4. Thank you for hosting, Diane! Your soup sounds delicious - I had to pin it to try! Have a great weekend :)

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  5. Thanks for hosting and thanks so much for featuring my yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie! Paula

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    1. Thank you Paula... for a really amazing dessert.

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  6. The soup looks wonderful! I have all the ingredients, it is on my menu for the weekend.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Linda

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    1. I love when it works out that way. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Diane,
    This soup looks perfect for a cold winters day. Thanks for hosting and enjoy your weekend!

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  8. Thanks a bunch for the invite! I see some LOVELY recipes on here!

    Kymm

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  9. Hi, this week I have shared why I stopped drinking green smoothies after 3 years and my recipe for a chocolate covered marzipan smoothie that's actually good for you!

    http://www.greenthickies.com/why-i-stopped-drinking-green-smoothies
    http://www.greenthickies.com/chocolate-covered-marzipan-smoothie

    Many thanks for hosting

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  10. Thanks for hosting! Lots of great recipes!

    Have a great weekend!
    Melissa

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  11. This is a beautiful, versatile soup, Diane. It lends itself to cooking from the pantry/fridge/freezer and looks so comforting.

    Thank you for hosting each week.

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    1. Yes, exactly what I like about it.

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  12. Thanks for inviting me over to Foodie Friday. There are so many yummy recipes here. I am feeling hungry now!:) I have added my link and will now place your button on my sidebar. Have a great weekend.

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  13. This looks like a wonderfully simple soup.

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  14. Hi Diane,
    I love your Sausage and White Bean Stew, perfect for a cold winters day. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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  15. Your stew looks delicious. Thank You for hosting and have a great weekend!

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  16. Thanks for hosting, Diane! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  17. Great combo and looks great! Thanks for hosting each week!

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  18. Your soup looks delish. I am sharing Individual Salsa dip. Thanks for the party much appreciated. Andi

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  19. Thank you for hosting, so many amazing recipes! I love all of your Italian peasant recipes. Your pasta fagioli story about your grandmother cracked me up.

    Thanks for linking up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! Have a great weekend!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thanks so much... I love hearing the stories behind recipes too. Glad you enjoy the recipes.. they are pretty simple and very healthy. Italians can live a long time.

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  20. Easy Peasy and delicious. Thanks for all the variety of serving suggestions - sometimes my mind doesn't go out that far. I get locked into a recipe and stay focused. Yep, it's very important to grab that handsome husband of yours and get a little time together. Kids DO survive without constant parenting as I often tell Melissa and Stephen. Sometime it isn't that you don't want to take a Time Out together, it's just such a busy time for families and such "work" to get away.

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    1. Thanks Mary... it is so important to get away. I found the kids were kinder when we returned.

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  21. It's been awhile since I ate white beans. I truly miss the taste. I love bean stews with beef, and I prefer spinach thrown in. This made me hungry!

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    1. Go make some... you might have the ingredients on hand.

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  22. YUM! this soup looks fantastic! Caught you on Hunk of Meat Monday and now I'm going to link up to your party with a different recipe - hope that's okay!

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  23. Oh yum - this is right up my alley. Pinning it!

    Patricia @ ButterYum

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  24. Hi Diane,
    Your Sausage White Bean Stew looks delicious just perfect for a cold winters day. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  25. This sounds like a really comforting and delicious meal. I like how you can change the type of sausage to vary the flavours. Thank you for sharing the recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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