Bean & pasta stew with meatballs

Bean & pasta stew with meatballs

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
A comforting, quick stew for all the family, cooked all in one pot

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal688
  • fat33g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre10g
  • protein34g
  • salt3.6g
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  • 6-8 pack pork sausages
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  • 2 onions, finely chopped



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  • 3 celery sticks, diced



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  • 2 carrots, diced



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  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 175g macaroni
  • 410g can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
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  • handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped


  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.

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Comments (28)

catie74's picture

Added a few anchovies with the carrots, onion and celery and served with parmesan at the table for people to grate over theirs if wanted. Great family recipe guaranteed to cheer away any blues

lurvlyloz's picture

Really tasty and simple. Good family supper which will be a staple.

Added fresh tomatoes with pastatta as had some to use up and worked well

samfoodie's picture

I make this regularly as my eldest son loves it and always asks me to make it. Always buy sausages from my local butcher (less fat and tastes far better than supermarkets). It's cheap and doesn't feel to unhealthy and good with crusty bread. 5 stars!

nomorecupcakes's picture

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

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

this is a perfect family meal, even my toddler loved it.

kkulma's picture

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

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

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

Use Quorn balls and added a few chilli flakes

kurlielou's picture
5 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

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

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

Again one of my favorites. Use some grated cheese on top. Superb

mother_ship's picture

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

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

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

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.


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