Round 2 Recipe: French Stew

Total Time:
20 min
5 min
15 min

2 servings

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 sausage links, any kind, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
  • 4 roasted tomato halves
  • 1 1/2 cups beans with bacon, from Beans and Bacon Macaroni, recipe follows
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • Beans and Bacon Macaroni:
  • 8 ounces bacon
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • Two 15-ounce cans red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil. When it is hot, add the sausage pieces and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Turn the heat to medium and add the reserved tomatoes, reserved beans and chicken broth. Cook until everything is hot and bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring frequently, until they are browned, about 5 minutes.

  • To serve, divide the sausage and beans into 2 bowls and spoon the breadcrumbs on top.

Beans and Bacon Macaroni:
  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet, working in batches, until it is crisp. Drain on a plate lined with a brown paper bag or paper towels. Chop into 1/2-inch pieces.

  • Remove all except 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the skillet and put it over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, being careful not to let the garlic burn. Add the tomatoes and beans and cook until the beans are heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the bacon and parsley. Reserve 1 1/2 cups for the Round 2 Recipe French Bean Stew.

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