Tuscan Sausage and Bean Stew

Unravel the flavors of Italy with a wholesome sausage and bean stew.

Yield

6 servings

Ingredients

1 pound bulk mild or sweet Italian pork sausage
1 1/3 cups chopped onion
2 medium stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
1 medium carrot, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 (4.5 ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained
2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
1 cup chicken broth (from 32-ounce carton)
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

Directions

In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain.

Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In cooker, mix sausage and remaining ingredients except beans and basil.

Cover; cook on LOW heat setting 6 to 8 hours.

Stir in beans. Increase heat setting to HIGH. Cover; cook 15 minutes longer. Garnish with basil.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 15 hours
Cook Time: 6 hours 25 minutes

Additional Information

This stew is also great with spinach or cooked pasta, such as penne or macaroni. If desired, stir in 1 box (9 ounce) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain, or 1 1/2 cups cooked pasta along with the beans and basil.

Mild Italian sausage is also known as sweet Italian sausage. If you happen to find it sold in links instead of bulk, gently squeeze the sausage out of the casings and discard the casings.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Serving): Calories 240 (Calories from Fat 90), Total Fat 11 g (Saturated Fat 3 1/2 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 30 mg; Sodium 780 mg; Total Carbohydrate 22 g (Dietary Fiber 6 g, Sugars 5 g), Protein 14 g; Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1 1/2

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