Bean & pasta stew with meatballs

Bean & pasta stew with meatballs

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(31 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 6-8 pack pork sausages
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 2 onions, finely chopped
    Onion

    Onion

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    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 3 celery sticks, diced
    Celery

    Celery

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    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 carrots, diced
    Carrot

    Carrot

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    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1l chicken stock
  • 175g macaroni
  • 410g can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    Cannellini bean

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    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

  • handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped

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.

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catie74
29th Jun, 2016
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
Twinklebum99
9th May, 2016
3.8
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
25th Apr, 2016
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
5th Jan, 2014
4.05
Pep up the seasoning and this is great. Filled us all up. Really tasty and cheap especially when the sausages are on special.
stace175
16th Mar, 2013
4.05
added a bit of tomato ketchup towards the end (to help thicken and flavor)... this would be delicious with crusty bread.
janetjones6674
28th Sep, 2012
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
17th Mar, 2012
5.05
this is a perfect family meal, even my toddler loved it.
kkulma
26th Feb, 2012
5.05
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
18th Feb, 2012
5.05
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
2nd Feb, 2012
3.05
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.

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