Sausage and White Bean Stew

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On Superbowl Sunday we went over to a friend’s house to watch the game and we were served this delicious stew. The next day I texted our hostess to ask about the recipe and when I saw how easy it was, I knew exactly what I was making for dinner that night. This stew can be served with many different things (I ate it with bread, rice, and pasta) and any way you eat it it’s muy delicioso!

Recipe from Epicurious; adapted


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 pound Italian sausage (sweet or spicy, whatever you prefer)*
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 2 15-ounce cans cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 5 ounces baby spinach (about 10 cups)**
  • Smoked paprika (optional)

* I used sweet sausage, but I did add a dash of red pepper flakes for a tiny bit of kick.
** I used regular spinach, chopped (only because my local grocery store was out of baby spinach).


Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Chop sausage into bite-size pieces, then add to skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, approximately 5-10 minutes. Transfer sausage to a plate.

Reduce heat to medium. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add onion, garlic, and thyme sprig. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 5-8 minutes. Add beans and broth and cook, crushing a few beans with the back of a spoon to thicken sauce, until slightly thickened, 8-10 minutes (if it’s not as thick as you want, cook it a little longer). Season with salt and pepper. Add spinach by handfuls and cook just until wilted, about 2 minutes.

Fold the sausage into the stew; add water to thin, if desired. Divide stew among bowls; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with paprika, if desired.

One more note: I made this recipe again this week and this time I used bacon instead of sausage because my local grocery store was out of sausage. I have to say, it’s also really tasty with bacon!

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  1. Lyddiegal wrote:

    cannellini beans are my favorite of all the beans, and while I don’t mind the flavor, I’d pass on eating the sausage.

    Posted 3.7.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      I used to be off beans because I ate them so much while I was growing up, but now I’m slowly getting back into them.

      Posted 3.8.13 Reply
  2. miss donna wrote:

    ok listen. one day while searching my pantry, i came across a bag of white beans. i then searched the freezer and found a small package of turkey italian sausage. end result: this recipe (with modifications because i totally made it up as a i went along). shut the front door! i’m adding spinach next time around. this really is a good dish.

    Posted 3.7.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Ha, what a coincidence- that’s awesome! Let me know what you think if you do decide to try it this way! :)

      Posted 3.8.13 Reply