Herby bean sausage stew

Herby bean sausage stew

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins


Serves 4
A simple, filling storecupboard chipolata stew that can be whipped up in minutes or slow cooked for hours

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal355
  • fat15g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre10g
  • protein20g
  • salt2.68g
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  • 8 chipolata
  • 2 x 420g/15oz can mixed beans
  • 2 x 400g/14oz cans chopped tomato
  • 1 tsp dried basil



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  • 2 tsp dried oregano



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  • 1 tbsp sugar



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  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan, then brown the sausages for 3-5 mins over a high heat. Drain the beans, then add to the pan with the chopped tomatoes, herbs and sugar. Season well and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 mins until the sausages are cooked through and the sauce has thickened, coating the beans.

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Comments (27)

rp50's picture

Made to recipe but sauce tasted thin. Added a good glug of soy sauce to bring some richness which worked a treat. Next time will try using a stock cube, and/or adding some paprika or chilli powder.

beth-24-5's picture

Great recipe! Made this last night and it was so quick and tasty. I added a dash of paprika to the sauce, then served it with roast new potatoes and mixed vegetables

happyfood82's picture

Made this recipe last night because I had all the ingredients already. Both my partner and I loved it. I added more spices and seasoning, cooked the sausages for longer and added red wine, the taste was lovely. I only used 1 carton of chopped tomatoes (but addes some water) and 1 tin of black eyed beans. Served with mashed potato and veg. We will definitely be having this again.

sashaknits's picture

This recipe is quick and easy to make, and makes a hearty and tasty stew. I accidentally bought a tin of mixed beans in tomato sauce when I shopped for the ingredients, but I think this actually improved the resulting flavour and consistency! I made it on the hob and simmered it for just a little longer than suggested, which resulted in a really nice reduced sauce.

I'd recommend seasoning plenty with salt and pepper to your taste, but otherwise didn't have to change anything to get a great result. Served with part-paked petit pains fresh out of the oven, delicious!

mrsroe's picture

Cooked this in the slow cooker... Wouldn't do it again. The sausages developed a horrible texture - like the ones you get in baked beans. Not nice.

Danny9215's picture

I thought exactly the same thing. I did rather enjoy mine in the slow cooker however, there was not enough water and now I have the food stuck to the side of the pot. I don't think I will make this again.

Catbburn's picture

I made this last night for two of us and made a couple of adjustments. I fried a couple of shallots and mushrooms with the sausages, and (accidentally) used mixed beans in tomato sauce, added a glug of red wine and a little bit of beef stock cube to the tomato mixture. I let it simmer until it was really thick and served with mashed potatoes, it was really tasty and perfect for a rainy, cold evening!! Definitely try again

jumcnu's picture

Easy and tasty. Worked well in the slow cooker, i will definitely use this recipe again.

simonr0's picture

Superb! Used value frozen sausages, double herbs, 1tsp of ground black pepper and the beans I used were just some I had in the cupboard - one of haricot, one of cannellini. Used xylitol instead of sugar and then only 2tsp, also added about 70g double concentrate tomato purée because I love tomatoes. When I tested it half way through cooking I realised that it needed salt - rare for me as I never use salt in vegetables, rice, pasta etc. either for cooking or eating. I used 1tsp. Next time I will be frying some onions along with the sausages. I now have 3 storage boxes freeing in the freezer. Lovely basic recipe that lends itself to changing.

shlush's picture

I wasn't sure at all about adding the bit of sugar but it definitely made the recipe.
My husband and I made the basic bean stew and added grilled pork sausages to his portion and veggie sausages to my bowl.
It was really yummy and we intend to make it again!

clare76c's picture

Not keen at all on this recipe. Made in the slow cooker but too watery not great and won't be making it again.

nickyphillips's picture

Simple, quick and delicious!

annac77's picture

I came across this recipe for the first time last week and had a go. I made it in bulk in the slow cooker, putting the rest in the freezer. We really enjoyed it, I served with a jacket potato. I will make more often during the autumn / winter months. A very good, cheap store cupboard recipe.

fatspanna's picture

I'm a very lazy cook, when catering for myself, so I love this kind of recipe. It's easy to adjust with different herbs or sausages so you can make it as simple or as richly flavoured as you like. Tonight I'll be adding roasted red onions, using paprika sausages and serving it with roasted new potatoes & green beans.

dutes8080's picture

Definitely a good OMG I've nothing in recipe! Found aproval with all served with Delia's Brussels Bubble and Squeek!

rhianthomas1984's picture

Quick, easy and very tasty. It also smelt delicious when it was cooking. I used dried mixed beans (soaked overnight), added a bit of bacon that I had leftover in the fridge and served it with creamy mashed potato. A great, winter warmer, especially when you’re on a tight budget.

twiglets1's picture

I love this recipe and make it about once a month. I do however add a bit of hot chilli powder and instead of using 2 tins of tomatoes I use 1 and also add a beef oxo stock, and then reduce the sauce down, it gives it a lovey rich taste with a bit of a kick

freakyogre's picture

I halved the recipe and added a chopped onion and some garlic, but it was still quite bland.

nicbow's picture

Hmmm not very appealing if you follow the recipe exactly...although to make it much nicer, i added a chopped fried onion, crushed garlic and thickened it with some gravy granules...lovely with some buttery mash and doesnt add to the cost too much if you are on a budget :)

abbygunn's picture

Oh dear, this wasn't very nice at all but that may be down to my lack of cooking skills and cheapo sausages!


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