Easy Sausage & Bean Stew

It s a cool, gray day here, so a hearty stew seems perfect for dinner. Canned beans that have been in the cupboard for a while and a link of sausage from last week s grocery run seemed like a good place to start! This looks like a long list of ingredients, but they re pretty common pantry staples. And if you don t have some of the herbs/spices, no worries. Use what you got! 😉

  1. 1 Tablespoon oil (veg or olive is fine)
  2. 1 medium onion chopped
  3. 1 large carrot cut into 1/4 quot cubes
  4. 1 large stem celery chopped
  5. 4 large cloves garlic chopped
  6. 1 bay leaf
  7. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  8. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  10. 1 teaspoon paprika
  11. 1/2 Tablespoon dried oregano
  12. 1 Tablespoon ketchup
  13. 1 teaspoon salt to start
  14. 1 Tablespoon vinegar (apple cider preferred but white or red wine will work in a pinch)
  15. 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  16. 40 oz can of beans of choice well drained (I used pinto )
  17. 1 (14 oz ) sausage link cut into 1/4 quot thick coins (I used plain smoked sausage )
  18. 1 cup unsalted chicken beef or vegetable stock (water #39 s fine in a pinch)
  19. optional: 1 Tablespoon hot sauce of choice
  1. Change Preheat the oil in a pot to medium and sweat the onion carrot celery and garlic until the onions turn translucent
  2. Change Stir in the bay cumin thyme paprika oregano and ketchup
  3. Change Add the vinegar Worcestershire sauce beans sausage and stock (and also your hot sauce if you choose to add it) stir to incorporate turn the heat down to medium low and simmer covered for 20 minutes
  4. Change Adjust the seasoning if needed (but remember all the flavors – especially the salt – will intensify a bit during the next step where youre cooking partially uncovered and the liquid reduces)
  5. Change Crush about 1/3 of the beans with a masher turn the heat to low and simmer with lid askew for another 15 minutes Crushing some of the beans releases their starch and thickens the sauce
  6. Enjoy over steamed rice (Or with crusty bread or mashed potatoes or whatever works for you)

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