Smoked sausage, bacon and bean stew

    45 min

    A lovely warm and filling stew, that can be ready in under an hour. Tried this on my family for the first time tonight, and they loved it. This recipe served 6 people easily!

    Lancashire, England, UK
    4 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 to 5 rashers smoked bacon, trimmed and chopped
    • 1 red onion, finely chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped (or to taste)
    • 2 pints well flavoured hot chicken stock
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried thyme
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
    • 225g Savoy cabbage, sliced finely
    • 400g tin borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
    • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 smoked pork sausage, sliced into 5mm pieces

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Heat olive oil in a large casserole. Add the bacon, and cook over a medium heat until browned.
    2. Add the onion and garlic, and cook slowly for 3-4 minutes until softened but not browned.
    3. Add the stock and tomatoes with their juice, salt, pepper and herbs. Simmer for 15 minutes or so, to allow the flavours to develop.
    4. Skim the top of the stew to remove any unwanted bits, then add the cabbage, beans and smoked sausage.
    5. Simmer uncovered for 10 to 20 minutes, skim again, check and adjust seasoning.
    6. Serve in warmed bowls with plenty of crusty bread and butter.

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    Another bit I forgot to add - you could add finely chopped carrot, celery or any other vegetables to this to make it go further.  -  22 Oct 2012

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