Crockpot Sausage, Peppers, and Cannellini Bean Stew With Parmesa
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A perfect recipe to use up some of the things in the fridge that need to be used. * Can be South Beach.
- Ready In:
- 4hrs 25mins
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for browning sausage if needed
- 5 links hot Italian sausage (use turkey sausage for South Beach Diet*)
- 2 (15 1/2 ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed in cold water until no more foam appears (or use 3 cups cooked cannellini beans)
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans petite dice tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried greek oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground fennel
- ground pepper
- 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
- Use 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.
(*) South Beach Suggestions:
- Make 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.
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Yum! This was very well-received by our whole crew. It has really lovely flavor, and since I used turkey sausage I felt good about serving a healthy, hearty meal. I did add some green beans to please the kiddos who are anti-pepper, but otherwise made as written. It was lovely over whole wheat couscous, but there is enough broth that next time I will likely serve it with fresh bread. I will say that we did not get 10 servings--I'd say 6 is probably more accurate for us. Also, it is worth noting that the nutrition info is a bit off and this is a lower cal/fat dish than it would appear. Thank you for posting; this is absolutely an easy keeper! Made for PRMR.Reply