Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew
This tasty Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew has tomatoes and basil and your house will smell great while this simmers on the stove! And this is surprisingly low in net carbs for a stew with beans.
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I can get fixated on soup in the winter, but let me make it clear that this recipe for Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew 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. Use Stew Recipes to find more recipes like this one.
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- cannellini beans
- Aidell’s Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese Chicken Sausage or other sausage
- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
- canned petite dice tomatoes
- Greek Oregano (affiliate link)
- dried marjoram
- canned chicken broth (affiliate link) or homemade chicken stock
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- chopped basil
- white balsamic vinegar (affiliate link)
- freshly grated Parmesan for serving (optional, but good)
What are Cannellini Beans?
Cannellini Beans are sometimes called White Kidney Beans. They are a large creamy white bean that’s used a lot in Italian food. See more about different types of white beans.
What if you don’t have fresh basil?
If you don’t have any fresh basil you can use a few tablespoons of Basil Pesto to flavor this stew.
How to Make Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- 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.
- Serve not, with Parmesan cheese to add at the table.
More Recipes for Cannellini Beans:
Slow Cooker White Bean and Kale Soup
Cannellini Bean Salad with Mint
Cannellini Bean and Tuna Salad with Peperoncini
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Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew
This tasty Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew is a tasty combination of ingredients that you'll 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 (see notes)
- 2-3 tsp. olive oil (use more or less, depending on your pan)
- 1/2 large onion, finely chopped (for stew)
- 1 T minced garlic
- one 14.5 oz. can petite dice tomatoes
- 1 tsp. dried Greek oregano
- 1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
- 2 cups chicken broth (see notes)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I didn’t use any salt)
- 1/4 cup chopped basil (see notes)
- 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 (affiliate link), 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.
If you don't have the Aidell's sausage I used, just use any pre-cooked chicken or turkey sausage. A little more sausage won't hurt.
I used my homemade chicken stock, but you can use 1 can chicken broth and add a bit of water.
If you don't have any fresh basil you can use a few tablespoons of Basil Pesto.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 637mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Dried beans are a phase one food for the original 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. It’s also surprisingly low in net carbs for a stew with beans, so check the nutritional information if you’re following a low-carb diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2009. It was last updated with more information in 2021.
74 Comments on “Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew”
Tracy, so glad you liked it!
I just made this soup..I used hot italian turkey sausage..and added fresh spinach at the end. Awesome stew! Thanks Kalyn!
Just made this a couple of days ago, and it was fantastic. I added a half teaspoon of ground Chipotle (Penzeys) and a chopped orange bell pepper (just because it was in the fridge and needed to be used). We did like the heat from the Chipotle. I'll definitely be making this again. We're not on any diet regimen, but I love your recipes for the great flavors. Thanks.
This looks so delicious! I would love to try making it with vegan sausage :).
Mimi, love hearing how you adapted it!
Made this tonight, and OMGoodness…I LOVE it! I did add fresh mushrooms because I had some I needed to use. And, I added about 4 big handfuls of fresh baby spinach just because I thought the green would look good. lol I'm sure the recipe was perfect as written, but it was awesome with these two additions too! Hubby and I both on WW and really enjoyed all the flavor in this soup. Thank you!
Thanks Sam; I love this type of soup with sausage and beans!
This is my kind of dish – easy and full of flavors.
Lydia, glad you like it, and great idea for a Pinterest board!
I'm going to pin this to my Make Ahead and Freeze board on Pinterest. I can imagine making a pot on Sunday, and freezing smaller portions to have for lunch during the week.
Glad you have been enjoying the recipes!
Hi Kalyn – just wanted to let you know that we tried this recipe for dinner last night and it was delicious! My husband has asked that all of the recipes I've tried of yours are put into our regular dinner rotation. Thank you!
Kale would be great in this. I would cut it fairly small and add it about 10 minutes before you add the beans.
You could also enter "sausage kale soup" into the search bar on the blog and you'll find some soups where I have used kale.
hi kalyn – i'm not on any specific diet, but love your blog for the great recipes!
that said, sounds like kale would be a great addition in this soup (sausage, beans, and kale!) but if i added it, when would be a good time, and how much would you recommend? (i'm not the most inventive or skilled chef yet!)