Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew

This hearty Chicken Sausage White Bean Stew is a one pot stew that’s so quick and easy. Sun-dried tomato chicken sausages, cannellini beans and spinach in a flavorful garlic and wine broth. Serve 6 in about 45 minutes.

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It’s Valentines Day Eve. Wait, do people even call it that? In our house Valentine’s Day is all about getting out the class list and attaching suckers to selectively chosen cards for each boy and girl, shoe boxes are being converted into Valentine “mailboxes” and  outfits are being set out in shades of red, pink and white.

Now Valentine’s Day for you should be all about this white bean stew. I mean doesn’t it scream romance?

Okay so maybe not, but this soul warming sausage and bean stew tastes absolutely delicious (is it me or do I say that a lot on here?). Anyhoo, this sausage stew is hearty, healthy and all of it is whipped up one pan and you know how that makes me feel. I loved this stew SO much that I’m already planning a night next week to make it again, but this time I may double it so there’s leftovers.

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Truth: I was extremely excited to make and eat dinner that night. However at first, my family was less than thrilled about what I was serving. Here’s why: beans, spinach and onions. Mal gave me some serious stank eye for all the nutritious ingredients in one bowl. Only if 3 musketeer bars could be made into a stew, would she be satisfied.

This dinnertime story ended with me swimming the last piece of bread to wipe my bowl clean. Pat liked it too, however our girls just picked and ate the beans and sausage. (sighs)

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Gather the very few ingredients and let’s get cooking. Here’s what you’ll need; olive oil, 2 (10 ounces each) sun-dried tomato chicken sausages, 1 medium yellow onion, 2 large cloves of fresh garlic, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, 1/4 cup dry white wine, 4 cups chicken stock,  3 (15 ounces each) cannellini beans – drained and rinsed, 5 ounces baby spinach, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

For serving, I like freshly grated parmesan cheese and a hunk of crusty bread.

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To start, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a dutch oven or heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add in the sliced chicken sausages.  Stir occasionally until the edges start to caramelize. Then transfer them to a clean plate or bowl.

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Next, reduce the heat to medium and add in a teaspoon of olive oil. Then add in the diced onions and a pinch of kosher salt. Stir and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until soft and translucent.

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The moment the onions are soft, add in the minced 2 cloves of garlic and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves. I don’t even chop them, I just strip the leaves off the stem and throw them in, discarding the stems of course. 😉 

Cook the garlic and thyme for 1 to 2 minutes.

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Next comes my favorite part, pour in 1/4 cup of dry white wine, scraping all those glorious brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Then about 16 more tablespoons into a wine glass for yourself. What is it about cooking with wine that makes me so thirsty? Hazard of the job, I suppose.

For this recipe, I’m using chardonnay but sauvignon blanc would work. If you want to avoid cooking with wine, just swap in chicken stock instead.

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Next pour in the 4 cups of chicken stock plus 2 cups water. Why stock instead of broth? Personally, I wanted this to have a richer taste. But if you only have broth on hand, that would work too.

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After you add in the broth and water, dump in the rinsed and drained cannellini beans. Increase the heat under the pot to high and bring to a boil. Meanwhile use your spoon or a mashing tool to mash some of  the beans. Doing this will thicken the stew a bit. Cover and once boiling, reduce and simmer for  20 minutes.

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Next add 5 ounces of baby spinach leaves, stir until the spinach has wilted. 

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Then add in the sausages and season the chickens sausage and white bean stew with 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt and about 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

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Once this stew is piping hot, ladle it into bowls and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve with a hunk from a crusty baguette. I love the take and bakes, warm bread is my spirit food. And it’s the perfect vessel to soak up all the delicious flavors. I mean really, who needs spoons when there’s bread? Just dunk and eat and repeat, because that’s my motto for most meals.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 6servings

Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew

This hearty Chicken Sausage White Bean Stew is a one pot stew that's so quick and easy. Sun-dried tomato chicken sausages, cannellini beans and spinach in a flavorful garlic and wine broth. Serve 6 in about 45 minutes.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • olive oil
  • 20 ounces fully cooked sun-dried tomato and basil chicken sausage
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large peeled fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine (like chardonnay or sauvignon blanc)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 (15 ounces each) cans of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • crusty bread, for serving


In a dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot add in the chicken sausages.

Cook for about 5 minutes or until the edges are golden. Reduce the temp to medium and remove the sausages to a bowl.

Reduce the heat to medium and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Next add in the onion with a pinch of salt. Stir and cook until the onions are soft and translucent. About 8 minutes. Next add in the minced garlic and the thyme. Cook for 1 to 2 more minutes.

Next pour the wine and use your wooden spoon to scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Then pour in the chicken stock plus 2 cups of water.

Increase the heat to high and add in the beans. Use the back of your spoon or a mashing tool to smash the some of beans (this will help thicken the stew). Cover, and once boiling, reduce to low and simmer for 20 minutes.

Next stir in the baby spinach until wilted.p>

Stir in the chicken sausage, taste-test and season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Ladle stew into bowls and top with grated fresh parmesan and serve with warm bread for dunking.

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44 Responses to “Chicken Sausage and White Bean Stew”

  1. #
    Rina@Itheecook — February 13, 2013 at 7:07 am

    This looks delicious! I have all the ingredients. I am so making this for dinner 🙂

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    Rachel Gurk — February 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

    This looks sooo cozy and delicious. I just want to curl up in the bowl!

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    Aparna B. — February 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    I miss being a kid during Valentines Day too. I loved making the “paper-woven” baskets that was taped in front of my desk, having cupcakes, cookies, fruit punch and any other red-colored treats. And trading conversation hearts with my best friend so we ended up with a box of all our favorite messages.

    Means something completely different for me, but cooking for my love is definitely one of my definitions of Valentines Day! I love the flavors you have in this stew! I’ll need to find a way to make it vegetarian-friendly for my hubby and me!

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    Antonia @ Health Inspirations — February 13, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I wish we had those Valentine’s Day traditions at my school in Austria. I grew up in Indonesia with huge Valentine’s Day events and the first year after moving back home I was convinced that Austrians celebrated the same way, with home-made cards, chocolates and all. I woke up early gathered every chocolatey item I could find in the house, wrapped it up and gave all of my friends a gift. I don’t think anyone knew what I was doing or why I was doing it but I felt so good about myself 😉

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 13th, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

      I love this story Antonia… I bet you made their day too!

  5. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I could liiiiiiiive on this stewwwwwwww.

  6. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — February 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

    GAH! Seared sausage – I love it! It’s so chilly here today too, a great soup would be perfection.

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — February 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Laurie, beauty is in the eye of the beholder; and I think this stew looks stunning!

  8. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

    This is my kind of soup. I want to curl up with a bowl of this soup, some red wine, and a good book. Yum

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Sounds healthy and delicious! MMm perfect for these cold days!

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 13th, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

      YES I totally agree!

  10. #
    Yvonne @ bitter baker — February 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

    This looks like my kind of Valentine’s Day meal!!

  11. #
    Adam — February 13, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    My kind of meal for sure.

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    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — February 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I wouldn’t say this stew is unattractive! I think it looks beyond delicious and I foresee it gracing my stomach within a few days. I’m with you on the chicken sausage, there is something about it that is just so flavorful, and dare I say better than regular sausage?? Very very yummy and perfect Galentine’s Day meal!

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 13th, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

      I totally agree Mandie… it’s way better!! 🙂

  13. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — February 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    This soup is gorgeous! It looks amazing, and good enough to make a huge batch and eat it every day for lunch.

  14. #
    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — February 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    This look delicious!!

  15. #
    Emily L — February 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    this looks absolutely delicious! definitely making this soup this weekend 🙂

    do you mind sharing what camera model you are using? i’ve been a long-time reader and am always amazed because your pictures are so so gorgeous! i am camera shopping and am overwhelmed by all the different brands and models out there.

  16. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I’m not much of a Valentine’s Day celebrator but that totally needs to change with this stew! It looks so hearty and comforting!

  17. #
    Herbivore Triathlete — February 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    This is NOT an unattractive soup, I think it looks beautiful. I don’t eat sausage, but I bet this soup would be really good with just beans and spinach.

  18. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 14, 2013 at 1:45 am

    This looks so delicious and hearty!

  19. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 14, 2013 at 10:01 am

    I need to find that sausage! This stew sounds perfect!

  20. #
    katie — February 14, 2013 at 10:57 am

    This stew looks beautiful! I happen to have chicken sausage in my fridge and have been thinking about making a recipe similar to this. I think I need to give your recipe a try!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

    One pot is like music to my ears – not many dishes!! This looks so hearty and comforting, can’t ask for more in my opinion!

  22. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — February 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I could live on this stew. I love the combination of the chicken sausage, spinach and white beans.

  23. #
    Jennifer S. — February 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    YUMMMMMMM I wonder if it would work with Kale? Love your pictures. Shoot, now I’m hungry, gotta run!

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 14th, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

      Absolutely it would! In fact maybe that’s what I’ll use next time!

  24. #
    Kathryn — February 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    These are pretty much all of my flavours in one bowl. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  25. #
    Julia {The Roasted Root} — February 14, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    This could be a serious staple in my house! Wine gives everything a nice touch and all those flavors cooking together are warming my belly. I’m not opposed to finding a nook to hide the pot of stew in so that I don’t have to share either 😉

  26. #
    Jane S. — February 17, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight, and I’m embarrassed to say that, only took two of us to polish off the entire thing! This was SO delicious! Thanks Laurie, love your blog!!

    • simplyscratch replied: — February 19th, 2013 @ 8:18 am

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked it Jane! Thanks for coming back and posting a review, you rock!

  27. #
    Azzina — February 18, 2013 at 5:18 am

    Yesterday itself I brought sausage, but the way i am preparing it is totally different. This is what unique recipe for me for sausage.
    Healthy Oil

  28. #
    Angie — February 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I had this for dinner tonight with ciabatta. Deliciousness defined! My teenagers declined to even try it, and I’m not going to beg them! More for me! Love your personality and love your recipes! Thanks. Keep up the good work.

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    Kathy L. — February 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I’m definitely gonna make this tonight! Do you think Kale would work in place of the spinach as I do have Kale in my garden right now???


    • simplyscratch replied: — February 21st, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

      I think Kale would totally work! Please come back and let me know and I’ll include it in the recipe notes 🙂

  30. #
    Maya @ Alaska from Scratch — February 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Mmmm this is right up my alley. Can’t wait to try it. Hugs from Alaska.

  31. #
    Ali B. — February 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was a huge success, as usual. My husband loved it enough that he’s super excited to take the leftovers to work for lunch tomorrow. Your recipes are really well tested. I always know I’m in good hands when I cook from your blog so thanks!

  32. #
    sammawow — March 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I made this tonight and my husband and I both loved it! It’s definitely a keeper!

  33. #
    Paige — April 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Ah! This looks delicious!! But my family freaks when I add beans. Any tips or hints to get around the beans?
    Maybe I’ll just have to half the recipe for me and baby. My hub and 3 big kids can make their own dinner?!

    • simplyscratch replied: — April 10th, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

      I told my girls that they really don’t taste like much… that probably doesn’t help you, but that just means more for you 🙂

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    Peggy — November 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Hi there, I have a question? Did you find this sausage you used in this recipe at Whole Foods? The Reason for asking is !!!! I can’t find any! Would you mind giving the Brand you used…. Thank you so much.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 23rd, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

      Hi Peggy! I believe it was the store brand at my local grocery store. But I would recommend Al Fresco or even giving the ones at Whole Foods a try. I hope you find them!

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    Aaron B. Simpson — January 5, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    This was amazing! I only had chicken basil sausage, so I threw in some sundried tomatoes with the onions and garlic – boy did that smell good.

    Also, for those that are gluten free, if you can’t find a good gluten free focaccia, take a gluten free pizza crust, brush with olive oil, add basil and sundried tomato and basil, and top with pecorino Romano. It’s good! 🙂


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