Bean & pasta stew with meatballs

Bean & pasta stew with meatballs

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A comforting, quick stew for all the family, cooked all in one pot

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
688
protein
34g
carbs
67g
fat
33g
saturates
10g
fibre
10g
sugar
15g
salt
3.6g

Ingredients

  • 6-8 pack pork sausages
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 175g macaroni
  • 410g can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped

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Method

  1. Snip the ends off the sausages and squeeze out the meat. Roll into rough walnut-sized meatballs. Heat half the oil in a large, wide pan and fry until browned, around 10 mins. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add the rest of the oil to the pan. Tip in the onions, celery and carrots and fry for 10 mins until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 min more. Tip in the tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins.
  3. Stir in the macaroni and return the meatballs. Simmer for about 10 mins until pasta is cooked and meatballs are cooked though. Stir in beans and heat until piping hot. Season, mix in parsley and serve.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2011

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nomorecupcakes's picture
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Pep up the seasoning and this is great. Filled us all up. Really tasty and cheap especially when the sausages are on special.

stace175's picture
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added a bit of tomato ketchup towards the end (to help thicken and flavor)... this would be delicious with crusty bread.

janetjones6674's picture

Tried this and loved it.
I halfed it, for just my hubby and I, and I used premade meatballs, I know cheating, however, it was good.

babybex's picture
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this is a perfect family meal, even my toddler loved it.

kkulma's picture
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wow, that was REALLY tasty! I omitted canned tomatoes (not big fan) but added some tomato juice. I also used approx. 3/4 of chicken stock and poured it bit by bit when the stew got a bit dry. Super hearty and delicious dish, perfect to finish a day out!

watchstrap's picture
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Used fusilli pasta and the sauce clung beautifully to the pasta shape. The sauce was a good consistency, neither thin nor gloopy. No problems with sticking and didn't need to top up fluid. Add a little tomato puree with tomatoes and maybe simmered a little longer to cook pasta but made it on the top of a Rayburn.
Anyway, the whole family enjoyed this and said they would like it again. Even a hit with my small son who isn't a big pasta fan.

ogsblogs's picture
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Made this and I thought it was nice, however my family didnt. It cooked well although I gave it longer to cook the pasta and added slightly more water a few times to stop from sticking. Husband added tobasco at the table to perk it up a bit but it was not a hit, so wont make again.

amynadine87's picture
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Use Quorn balls and added a few chilli flakes

kurlielou's picture
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Delicious...my kids loved this dinner. A fantastic mid week, quick but healthy meal. I added chilli powder whilst cooking the onion and garlic which gave it an extra little kick. Followed recipe exactly and got a lovely thick sauce.

clarel's picture
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Have made this several times and it has always been delicious with lots of flavour. The liquid thickened up nicely so if it looks too runny I'd do as Lianne suggests and simmer with the lid off.

liannewarner's picture
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Yummy yummy yummy! Made this a couple of times, following the recipe exactly. Didn't bother halving the recipe for two as it tasted even better a couple of days later! Not too much liquid for us, but did simmer with the lid off.

kuifke's picture
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Again one of my favorites. Use some grated cheese on top. Superb

mother_ship's picture
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Went down well with the whole family, I used passata which gave a lovely rich flavour and boiled the pot vigorously when I put the macaroni in and ended up with a lovely thick sauce , not watery at all.

jeany81's picture
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Great recipe, packed full of flavour, however I am going to chop up some rosemary for an extra dimension next time!! Oh, and we put some grated cheese on top, yummy!

jane_phillips's picture
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I tried this just after receiving the magazine and it's become another family favourite. I just used the sausages cut up instead of making meatballs which was easier and probably just as tasty. On the menu again for this week.

wondermum's picture
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Some of the meatballs fell apart, but it tasted delicious so will definitely be making this again, I added a little chilli to give it a bit of a kick.

dragonma5306's picture

Really enjoyed this. Made it exactly to the recipe apart from adding 200g of macaroni instead of the 175g stated. It did seem like a lot of liquid but this was absorbed by the pasta and it turned out perfectly. Did need a spoon to eat it, but delicious all the same. Definitely will be making again.

stesar's picture
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Made this & it was bland, the liquid was water like.
Not a great recipe.

eleanormayo's picture
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This was tasty & hearty - but far too much liquid, rather soupy for what we wanted, but that doesn't make it a bad recipe!

djm6066's picture
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A very easy and tasty recipe. I added some dried sage to the sausagemeat to give it a bit more flavour, and omitted the celery (not too keen on it), and added a chopped leek instead. Will definately be making this again.

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