Saturday, January 14, 2012

Crockpot Recipe for Sausage, Peppers, and Cannellini Bean Stew with Parmesan

Sausage, Peppers, and Cannellini Bean Stew
Make this Crockpot Sausage, Peppers, and Cannellini Bean Stew on the weekend and eat it all week!

(This tasty crockpot stew from 2010 is a great candidate for the Month of Daily Phase One recipes.  I love dishes like this that you can keep in the fridge and eat for lunch or dinner all through the week.  Dried beans are limited for Phase One, but since this stew has a lot of meat and vegetables besides the beans you can have a regular serving.)

I'm one of those people who can eat soup or stew all the time and never get tired of it, and sometimes my best recipes are inspired by things in the fridge that need to get used. In this case, it was a red pepper and a green pepper hanging out in the crisper that provided the motivation for this crockpot stew with pepper, beans, and hot turkey Italian sausage. I ate this with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese on a day when it was too cold to want to go anywhere, and it was a perfect lunch for a cold winter day.

Saute chopped onion, chopped red bell pepper, and chopped bell pepper in olive oil until they are starting to soften, then add to slow cooker.

Squeeze turkey Italian Sausage out of the casing and brown in the same pan, adding a bit more olive oil if needed, then add sausage to slow cooker.

Add cannellini beans, petite diced tomatoes, dried basil, dried oregano, ground fennel, black pepper and bay leaves to slow cooker.

Pour 4 cups chicken stock over the other ingredients and stir to combine. Cook on high for about 4 hours or on low all day while you're at work.

I cooked the stew on high for just a little over 4 hours and it was perfect. Serve hot, with plenty of parmesan cheese to sprinkle over the soup.

Crockpot Recipe for Sausage, Peppers, and Cannellini Bean Stew with Parmesan
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from a red and green bell pepper hanging out in the crisper.)

2 medium onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 T olive oil, plus more for browning sausage if needed
5 links hot Italian sausage (use turkey sausage for South Beach Diet)
2 cans (15.5 oz) Cannellini beans, rinsed in cold water until no more foam appears (or use 3 cups cooked cannellini beans)
2 cans (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried Greek Oregano
1 tsp. ground fennel
ground pepper to taste
2-3 bay leaves
4 cups homemade chicken stock (or use 2 cans chicken broth and add a little water to make 4 cups)
freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving

I used a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker for this recipe.

Chop onions, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper into pieces about 1/2 inch square. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan, then saute onions and peppers until they begin to soften, then add to slow cooker.

Squeeze Italian sausage out of casings and add to frying pan, adding a bit more olive oil if needed. Brown sausage well, breaking apart with turner as it cooks, then add to slow cooker.

Pour beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse with cold water until no more foam appears, then add to slow cooker. Add tomatoes with juice, dried basil, dried oregano, ground fennel, black pepper and bay leaves to slow cooker. Pour chicken stock over other ingredients and stir to combine.

Cook on high about 4 hours or on low for all day. Serve hot, with freshly grated parmesan cheese for sprinkling on the stew.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Made with turkey Italian Sausage, this stew is perfect for any phase of the South Beach Diet, which allows low-glycemic dried beans in small amounts, even for phase one. Since this recipe has a generous amount of vegetables and sausage in proportion to the beans, it would be great for phase one.

More Recipes with Cannellini Beans:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew with Tomatoes and Basil from Kalyn's Kitchen
Cannellini Bean and Kale Soup with Ham and Sherry Vinegar from Kalyn's Kitchen
Cannellini Bean and Lentil Stew with Ham from Kalyn's Kitchen
Turkey and Cannellini Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Rosemary from Kalyn's Kitchen
Cannellini Vinaigrette from The Perfect Pantry
Cannellini Bean Soup with Fontina Gremolata from Lisa's Kitchen
Cannellini Beans with Tomato and Basil from Ginger Beat
Crostini con Cannellini Rustica (white bean spread) from The Leftover Queen
Cannellini Bean and Coconut Curry from The Culinary Chase
Tuna and Cannellini Bean Salad from Closet Cooking
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  1. Oh, my gosh, this recipe was made for me!!!! Love the combination of the beans and the turkey sausage, the tomatoes and the ground fennel! Can't wait to try it! Of course, since I still have quite a stock of cranberry beans in the freezer, I'll replace the cannellini beans with the cranberry beans but thanks so much for the recipe!

  2. I love beans and I love my crockpot. This sounds like a winner to me! Thanks!

  3. So so love the way this stew is looking....looks awesome Kalyn. New to your blog and you sure have an awesome space!

  4. Yum! I don't use my crockpot often, but this looks amazing. Any tips on getting the sausage out of the casing? Having never done that before, it's a little intimidating.

  5. Sarah, it's a cinch; you just squeeze the sausage and it slides out the end where the casings aren't completely sealed. It's a little messy, but not hard at all.

  6. This looks so delicious Kalyn! I love all the wonderful ingredients - and making it in the crock pot sure is a time saver!

  7. This is how I feel about stews and soups too! Granted, since I am not on south beach it is also an excuse to make a grilled cheese to go with it!

    This looks delicious, I really need to get a new crockpot, I haven't been able to make any slow cooker recipes all winter!

  8. I've been using my new small (4-quart) crockpot every week. I love the larger size, but this one is perfect for weekday batches of stew and chili like this one. Your photos are making my mouth water.

  9. That is so filling and it is so cold right now... i need your soup!

  10. I'm one of "those" people, too. I just LOVE any kind of soup or stew. This looks so hearty and delicious.

  11. If this is even half as good as your cannellini and sausage stew with tomatoes and basil I'm going to make this tomorrow :)

  12. Awwwww..
    I've been jonesing for these flavors. Made a quick soup with most of them tonight.

    Thank you. Kalyn- You are the best.

  13. I've had many of those days where I just can't bear to go anywhere because it's so cold. This seems like the perfect thing to warm me up. This is why they say that necessity is the mother of invention!

  14. Sounds like the perfect comfortfood!

  15. i will definitely try this recipe at my home...
    ur blog is really nice,informative and very interesting,
    I appreciate ur work by sharing such yummy recipes through this blog

  16. Thanks everyone for the nice feedback on this recipe. Maris, I do think this is just as good as the cannellini stew with tomatoes and basil. This one has a bit more of the fennel/oregano thing going on!

  17. This was a joy to make. Especially since we had a record snow fall this year. And with more snow on the way this is going to be nice and cozy for me and the boys to warm up on. Great comfort food! This was super DELISH!!
    Des from PA

  18. I can just smell this cooking all day - such wonderful flavors and aromas.

  19. I have some sausage I got from my Vermont meat CSA in my freezer. This is a perfect way to use it! Thanks for the great recipe.

  20. I have read your blog for a while and am flattered that you would link to a post on mine -- thanks.

  21. For getting the sausage out of the casing, I find it easier just to slice the casing--not all the way through the sauasage and then just peel it off. It's not as messy as trying to squeeze it out. Just did that this morning in fact! Re-making Kalyn's Sausage and Zucchini soup. I asked my sister to make some for me earlier this week when she was watching my kids, but she mistook the cucumbers for the zucchini and then I ended up accidentally leaving it out on the counter all night. But I really want it so I'm making it again!

  22. Yes, that does sound like a good idea. I hope you get to enjoy the soup this time.

  23. This stew is just packed with flavour!

  24. Unbelievably easy and tasty. I made it for my family for dinner and even my kids couldn't eat it fast enough. My five year old twins requested it for part of their birthday dinner, where it was a total hit. Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes. My husband, historically suspicious of "healthy" foods, has admitted that he feels better now that the meals I make are nearly always South Beach friendly. KUDOS!

  25. Kelly, thanks for letting me know it was a hit with the family. I love hearing that!

  26. It's so cold Kalyn. I could really do with some of that stew right now!!

  27. This sounded so yummy I just had to make it! I added some sliced celery and mushrooms to the veggies and then deglazed the pan with a bit of red wine because I had it in the fridge. I could only find whole fennel seeds but they softened up with the slow, low cooking and were totally delish. Unfortunately it didn't all fit into my crockpot but I have a huge frying pan that worked and I ended up cooking it on top of the stove for over an hour. An excellent stew for these cold, grey, windy winter days. Thank you for sharing your recipes!! Maura in Charlotte, NC

  28. Maura, thanks for the feedback. I always love to hear how people have adapted the recipes based on what they have on hand!

  29. Nice job with this recipe.

    I like how you show pictures and also have a printable recipe.

    It is easy to see why your blog has so many comments from visitors.

  30. Wonderful recipe. I've been feeding off it for days and it's getting better and better. I appreciate all your comments and wonderful ideas. You make it all seem worthwhile.

  31. Thanks so much. I'm so happy you're enjoying it.

  32. Kalyn-- DELISH recipe! I've tried so many of your recipes, and have enjoyed them all. Made this for the first time last night -- did it stovetop b/c I needed it to get done quicker, and didn't have bay leaves, only had one can of diced tomatoes (italian spiced), but it turned out so tasty... will make the crockpot version next time. Thanks for your recipes -- just started South Beach 9 days ago. I'm down 8lbs and loving it thanks to your recipes!

  33. Becky, so glad you liked it and that the blog has been useful for you.

  34. I love how filling all your meals look! Have you got many Gluten Free recipe? I am allergic myself!

  35. Sweeney, many of my recipes are naturally gluten free. There is a gluten-free category in the index too (specifically for recipes that might normally contain gluten but don't.) Since you can't eat bread on phase one, there are a lot of gluten-free recipes in the Phase One index too.

  36. I could eat soup or stew every day, too, and hearty stews like this are my favorites. I also want to use my slow cooker more often, especially when it's the perfect tool for cooking stews like this one.

  37. In the winter, I'm all about the one dish soup or stew. There's something so satisfying about it! This sounds delicious with all of it's italian flavors...something i'd really adore!

  38. Lydia and Joanne, glad you like it! Wish I had some of this to eat today.

  39. I've made this soup many times over the years. I got it out of a Pillsbury "One Pot Meal" book. The only addition for me is sliced zucchini and summer squash toward the end of cooking time. I'm glad to know that turkey Italian sausage is on the approved list for phase one.

  40. Cee Jay, as long as the sausage has 10% fat or less it's fine.

  41. Is it possible to replace the turkey with chicken ?

  42. MIZZ, I think you could use about any sausage that suits your tastebuds and dietary preferences.

  43. This stew is wonderful! (I'm eating it right now for lunch and will be eating it for lunch for the rest of the week as well.) I usually have to do a lot to recipes I find on the internet to make them taste how I like, but I made this exactly how you present it (except I didn't have any ground fennel) and it's perfect! Thanks!

  44. Wendy said
    I may try adding some spinach towards the end

  45. Great recipe! Very tasty-a winner!


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