Cannellini Bean and Sausage Stew

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
35 min
50 min

4 servings

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, outer layers removed, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • One 15-ounce can cannellini beans
  • One 10-ounce bunch kale, center rib removed, leaves chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 turkey or chicken Italian sausage links
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a grill pan with vegetable oil cooking spray.

  • In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the fennel, onion, 1 teaspoon of the salt and the red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring constantly, until the vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes (plus juices), beans, kale and broth. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and transfer to the oven. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the kale has wilted, 25 to 30 minutes.

  • While the stew is cooking, place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Add the sausages and grill, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Cool and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

  • Remove the pan from the oven and add the cooked sausage slices. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Spoon the stew into bowls and serve.

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Great recipe! My family loves this and my wife and son are not bean lovers (she asked if I could put in more beans). it's rich tasting and filling.  I've made this with 2 fennel bulbs or one, depending on the size of the bulbs and the mood of the family.  One caveat, don't use pre-cut kale as it contains the stems and it makes the stew a little chunky; (it's easier to clean the leaves than the pieces).. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have a habit of changing up recipes so, based on some reviewers comments, and what I sensed while cooking this stew, I made a few changes:<div><br /></div><div>I only used one fennel bulb ('cuz they were wicked expensive, but next time I'll spring for two)</div><div>Added 4 stalks of celery, chopped</div><div>Added a red pepper, chopped</div><div>Used two 15-oz cans of cannellini beans</div><div>Used two 15-oz cans of chicken stock</div><div>Added 6 bratwurst</div><div>(I wanted it thicker/heartier)</div><div><br /></div><div>After sautéing the veggies and grilling the sausages, I threw them and all the other ingredients into my crockpot and cooked on high for several hours, then reduced the temp to low. Now here's my little Betty Tip of the Day: after the stew was done, I ladled about a cup of the broth and veggies (don't include any sausage) into my blender, blended til smooth, then added it back into the stew. This trick has a magical way of slightly thickening the broth while also blending the flavors nicely. Delish.</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
This stew is delicious and hearty, great for cold winter days.  Big hit at my house from my husband to my little grandchildren.   The new version of this calls for Tuscan kale.  Don't waste your time looking for it as I did, it was a disappointment as it was tough and didn't compliment the stew.  You might also want to cut down the salt...   <br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
we all loved it we are going to make it again<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
We liked this. I doubled sausage, as we like things meaty. I would like to double beans, too, as I wanted more soft-flavored beans to offset the veggies. Next time, I would cut it all in half, but use full-recipe amounts of sausage and beans, and, perhaps, an extra splash of broth ks of the extra ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love all the ingredients in this stew but there was a little too much tomato for my taste.  Next time, will halve all ingredients except the kale, beans and seasoning.  Perfect!<div>Also, halving the amount of tomatoes and fennel will yield a more manageable volume of stew.  The recipe as written makes a ton!  Hope it freezes well. <br /><div><br /></div></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it and everyone enjoyed it very much I added some carrots. May add some other veges next time , will definitely make again.Very good flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been looking for a kale recipe because it is so healthy. I saw this one on TV and am so glad I watched it. I love this recipe and have made it three times within a month. Best of all, my husband even likes it. I leave out the sausage to make it even more healthy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it. Never cooked with fennel or kale before (except for kale chips) I don't like what might be in sausage so I used ground chicken breast with onion, garlic, and fennel. Delicious and healthy. Going to be a staple on our menu. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit. Thanks again Giada. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The "new" website is totally screwed up. Tried to print the recipe twice and the http address for Food Network keeps overlapping the text, even when using the "selected" print option. Extremely annoying!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I caught this on her show and made it last night. Delicious, hearty and healthy! Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, but, instead of all the steps that are listed, I just threw everything in the crock pot all at once (I love my crock pot). I was afraid by doing that, it wouldn't come out as yummy as it's supposed to, but it tastes amazing! So glad to have found this recipe. Will be making it often, for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Watched this episode this morning and headed straight to the grocery store for ingredients. Eating it as I type this review. It is so simple and yet hearty. I used regular curly kale as my grocery store does not have Tuscan kale. I also sliced my turkey sausage up and cooked it in my pot then drained it on a paper towel then followed the recipe, mine was truly a one pot meal. Threw the turkey in at the last minute just before serving and YUMMY!! She mentioned in the episode you could add carrot or celery. I had a couple of carrots and celery left over from football bbq that managed to not get dipped in ranch dressing so I did chop those up and toss them in with the fennel and onion. Now I am off for a second bowl! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and yummy. Definitely will do it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe. Healthy, but delicious and hearty. Will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this on her show today and it looked so good that I had to make it. It was so easy and so selfish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has nothing to do with the recipe!<div><br /></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
"So delish" item not reviewed by moderator and published

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