Sausage and Bean Stew

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound hot and/or sweet Italian sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces 

6 cloves garlic, chopped 

2 carrots, chopped 

1/2 fennel bulb, cored and chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh thyme

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 15.5-ounce can navy beans (do not drain) 

1 15-ounce can cherry tomatoes


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat; add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon. Reduce the heat to medium low and add the garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring often, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the carrots, fennel, onion, 2 tablespoons water, 1/2 tablespoon thyme and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the broiler. Combine the panko with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 tablespoon thyme and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; set aside. Return the sausage to the skillet along with the beans and their liquid, the tomatoes and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and gently simmer until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the panko mixture evenly over the stew and broil until golden, about 4 minutes.