Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew with Tomatoes and Basil
This tasty Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew with Tomatoes and Basil is low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Use Stew Recipes to find more recipes like this one.
I can get fixated on soup in the winter, but let me make it clear that this recipe for Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew with Tomatoes and Basil is definitely a stew and not a soup. This simple rustic dish was amazingly addictive. It’s also a recipe that’s very flexible, so if you don’t have exactly the ingredients I used, experiment with what you have.
Cannellinis are white kidney beans, and I’ve been infatuated with them ever since I got the recipe for Cannellini Beans in Mint Marinade, but you can make this with any type of dried white beans, or even canned beans if you prefer. And if you don’t have any fresh basil or frozen basil hanging around, some purchased basil pesto makes a great substitute to flavor this Cannellini Bean Sausage Stew.
I used the Aidell’s Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese Chicken Sausage that I’m so fond of, but any type of chicken or turkey sausage will work. If you use the Aidell’s sausage with cheese, don’t be alarmed that the cheese will ooze out and brown on the bottom of the pan when you’re browning the sausage. This will dissolve when you cook the stew, similar to the Italian practice of dissolving a parmesan rind in soup.
This is the base of the stew simmering with sausage, onion, garlic, tomatoes, chicken stock, and some dried herbs. After that simmers for 30 minutes, add the cooked beans and simmer a bit longer. I cooked my beans in a pressure cooker, but you can certainly cook them in a regular pot, or even use canned beans.
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Turkey and Cannellini Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Rosemary from Kalyn’s Kitchen
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Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew with Tomatoes and Basil
This tasty Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew with Tomatoes and Basil is a tasty combination of ingredients that you will love!
- 2 cups cooked cannellini beans (see options below for cooking beans or use canned beans)
- 4 links Aidell’s Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese Chicken Sausage (or use any pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage)
- 2-3 tsp. olive oil (use more or less, depending on your pan)
- 1/2 large onion, coarsely chopped (to flavor beans) + 1/2 large onion, finely chopped (for stew)
- 1 T minced garlic
- 1 (14.5 oz) can petite dice tomatoes with juice
- 1 tsp. dried Greek or Italian oregano
- 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
- 2 cups chicken stock (I used my homemade chicken stock, but you can use 1 can chicken broth and add a bit of water)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I didn’t use any salt)
- 1/4 cup chopped basil
- 1 T balsamic vinegar
- fresh grated parmesan for serving (optional, but good)
- For cooking dried beans: Whether you use the pressure cooker or cook beans in a regular pot, start by soaking 1 cup dried cannellini beans over night. Discard that soaking water and start with fresh water, whichever cooking method you’re using.
- To cook beans in pressure cooker: Add beans to pressure cooker with water to cover, 1/2 onion and 3-4 bay leaves.
- Bring to high pressure and cook 2-3 minutes (depending on how soft you like your beans.)
- Then turn off heat and let beans reduce pressure slowly while you prep other ingredients and simmer the base of the stew.
- When pressure is completely reduced, drain beans in colander in the sink.
- To cook beans in regular pot: Add beans to pot with water to cover by several inches, 1/2 onion, and 3-4 bay leaves. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook beans until soft, probably about 45 minutes, but cooking time will depend on the freshness of the beans. When beans are soft, drain in colander in the sink.
- To use canned beans: Put 2 cans cannellini beans into colander placed in the sink. Rinse well with cold water, until no more foam appears. Let beans drain and use in recipe. (This is slightly more beans than the 1 cup of dried beans; you can freeze a few for another recipe if you like.)
- While beans are cooking (or draining) cut Aidell’s Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese Chicken Sausage into half lengthwise, then cut into half-moon shaped slices.
- Heat about 1 tsp. olive oil in heavy dutch oven or soup pot, then saute sausage until well browned, about 5 minutes. (See note above if you’re using sausage with cheese.)
- When sausage is well-browned, remove to bowl, then add chopped onion and saute about 2 minutes, adding more oil if needed.
- After 2 minutes, add chopped garlic and saute about 2 minutes more.
- Add tomatoes and juice, dried oregano, dried marjoram, and homemade chicken stock, to pot with onions and garlic.
- Add sausage back to pot, then cook at very low simmer about 30 minutes, until flavors are well blended and liquid is slightly reduced.
- After 30 minutes. add drained beans and simmer about 15 minutes more. (If the mixture seems too dry at this point, add a bit more chicken stock or a little water.)
- When beans have simmered 15 minutes, add chopped basil (I used my frozen basil, 1/4 cup purchased basil pesto would work here too) and balsamic vinegar and simmer 5 minutes more.
- Taste beans for seasoning and add salt and fresh ground black pepper as desired.
- Serve hot, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The dried beans in this Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew with Tomatoes and Basil are too high in carbs for traditional low-carb eating plans, but anyone who doesn’t know that the South Beach Diet is built around low-glycemic eating may be surprised to find that dried beans are a phase one food for South Beach. Beans are what South Beach considers a good carb, one that digests slowly. Beans are limited for phase one though, so I like to use beans combined with plenty of protein and vegetables. This recipe is also good for other low-glycemic eating plans.
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