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Tuscan Bean Stew with Sausages

September 14, 2017 (Last Updated: September 26, 2017)

A quick and easy Tuscan bean stew made with Italian sausages, cannellini beans, tomato, sage, and garlic. It’s hearty, filling and just what you need to warm yourself up on a chilly evening.

You won’t believe how easy this bean stew is, the cannellini beans are already pre-cooked (the ones you buy in cans) so there’s not much “stewing” involved in this stew. But don’t let that fool you, it’s jam packed with so much delicious flavour it’s one of my favourite winter recipes.

Tuscan bean stew with sausages on a plate with a fork at the side and a pot in the back ground

How to make Tuscan Bean Stew with Sausages

Make sure you have good quality sausages, the ones I buy at the supermarket have fennel seeds, garlic, red wine and rosemary in them. They are SO delicious, if you can get ahold of good quality Italian sausages then those are the best for this.

You’ll need;

  • Sausages
  • Cannellini beans
  • Sage leaves
  • Garlic
  • Passata/pureed tomatoes
  • Pantry ingredients – olive oil, salt and pepper

Incredibly simple ingredients, right?

Step by step instructions

Start by adding 1/2 tbsp of olive oil to a large pot with two peeled whole garlic cloves and 5 sage leaves. Lightly fry the sage and garlic until the garlic starts to take on colour.

Add the beans with some of the cooking liquid (save this from the can) and add the tomato passata.

Step by step photos on how to make Tuscan bean stew with sausages

Let the beans simmer for around 10 minutes then add the sausages. You want to remove the skins from the sausages and cut them into rough chunks, I normally cut each sausage into three.

Season with a salt and pepper and continue to simmer the bean stew gently until the sausages are cooked through. Stir it every so often but be careful not to mash up the beans. Remove the garlic cloves when it’s ready.

Serve the bean stew with salad and crusty bread for dipping. This is proper comfort food, I love this when I need something hearty and comforting but I don’t have a lot of time or I’m already really hungry.

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Tuscan Bean Stew with Sausages

A quick and easy Tuscan bean stew made with Italian sausages, cannellini beans, tomato, sage, and garlic. It's hearty, filling and just what you need to warm yourself up on a chilly evening.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 554kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil to a large pot on a medium/low heat. Peel the garlic cloves but keep whole and add them to the pot with the sage leaves.
  • When the garlic starts to take on some colour add the beans with 6 tbsp of their cooking liquid and the passata (pureed tomatoes).
  • Let the beans simmer for around 10 minutes. Cut each sausage into three then add them to the beans.
  • Season with a salt and pepper and continue to simmer the bean stew gently until the sausages are cooked through (around 15-20 minutes). Stir it every so often but be careful not to mash up the beans.
  • Once ready, remove the garlic cloves and serve. Serve with salad and crusty bread.

Notes

Please note the recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.
**The weight of the beans is the drained weight not including the cooking liquid.**

Nutrition

Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1222mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 6.1mg
Helpful Info for All Recipes
  • I always use extra virgin olive oil in all of my recipes unless stated otherwise
  • When I use canned or jarred tomatoes of any kind I always use this brand for the best results and flavour
  • All vegetables are medium sized unless stated otherwise
  • All recipes are tested and developed using a fan oven
  • Read more about how the nutritional information is calculated here
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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Marlee
    September 26, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    This is an absolutely perfect stew for fall! I love it and will definitely have to make some this season!

  • Reply
    Elaine
    September 17, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    All my favourite flavours in a wholesome rustic Italian dish! An ideal dish for the fall!

  • Reply
    Sam | Ahead of Thyme
    September 17, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    This stew is perfect for this cooler weather! I love the combination of ingredients, yum!

  • Reply
    Helene D'Souza
    September 15, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I wished I could get this Italian sausage here! So love this kind of food and I am absolutely craving your Tuscan stew right now. Stop teasing me! =P

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      September 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      Haha thanks Helene, you could try it with whatever good quality sausages you can find where you are.

  • Reply
    angie
    September 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    sounds like a dish that I need to add to the fall / winter menu thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    September 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Perfect Fall dinner! I do know a great place for good sausage too and I love cannellini beans. Thanks for sharing!

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    Ginny
    September 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Love cannellini beans in stew. My father would love this and the tomatoes are nice int here too!

  • Reply
    Jagruti
    September 14, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Very nice photography, cannellini beans are one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing

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    Tina | The Worktop
    September 14, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    This sounds so hearty and filling. I just need the weather to cool down even more and I’ll be making pots of this 🙂

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    Stephanie@ApplesforCJ
    September 14, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    This sounds like the perfect comfort food for Fall. I love recipes with white beans.

  • Reply
    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    September 14, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Rich, hearty and tasty, the perfect comfort food for autumn. I think I would have to have some crusty bread to dip in it too!

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