This sausage stew recipe is hearty, easy to make, and has a tasty mix of seasonings and vegetables for a flavorful and filling meal.
This stew makes up to six portions, and it tastes even better the next day (or the day after that!), so it's great for making ahead so you have extra meals for the week.
What's in sausage stew?
- Sausage: try Ukrainian smoked sausage or Kielbasa
- Olive oil & butter for sautéing
- Aromatics: garlic, onions, celery - the building blocks of flavor
- Broth & seasonings: beef broth (or use chicken if preferred), dried Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, paprika
- Veggies: carrots and red bell peppers (their sweetness fabulously complements the sausage!)
- Potatoes & cannellini beans: to make this soup a hearty complete meal
How to make sausage stew
This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
Begin by sautéing the sliced sausage in a large pot until perfectly browned. Set aside, and then add the butter to the pot and cook the carrots, onions, and celery.
Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, and other seasonings. Then add the broth along with the potatoes, cannellini beans, and red bell pepper. Add the sausage back in and simmer!
- The liquid will cook down as this stew simmers and the potatoes fall apart and release starch. It doesn't have as much liquid as a soup, but if you want more of a soupy texture, simply add in some more broth or water if the liquid seems to be getting too low.
- To save some prep time, I will start by prepping the sausage, and then I prep the onion, carrots, and celery while it cooks. I then prep the bell pepper and potatoes while the onion/carrots/celery cook.
Substitutions and variations
- If you want to use regular uncooked Italian sausages (I suggest a sweet Italian variety), take the meat out of its casing and sauté it until browned, then drain excess fat if there's a lot of it, and proceed with the recipe as indicated.
- This recipe is very flexible! Feel free to throw in additional veggies if you happen to have some in the fridge.
- The beans can be left out if needed or replaced by a different variety of canned beans (red kidney, navy, pinto, etc.).
- I love how Russet potatoes fall apart in this stew, but you could use a different variety such a red potatoes or Yukon Gold (they tend to stay intact more).
- If you want to give this a spicy kick, add in a few dashes of cayenne pepper or use hot paprika.
Leftovers and storage
- Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. Reheat on the stove on a low heat for best results.
- You can also freeze this soup in an airtight container for up to 4 months.
Questions about this sausage stew recipe? Talk to me in the comments below!
- 1 pound smoked sausage sliced, see note
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 sticks celery chopped
- 3 medium carrots peeled & chopped fairly thin
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 2 Russet potatoes peeled & diced fairly small
- 1 (14 fluid ounce) can white (cannellini) beans drained
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Add the sausage pieces and olive oil to a pot and sauté over medium-high heat until crispy and nicely browned (about 8-10 minutes), then transfer to a plate.
- Add the butter, onion, celery, and carrots to the pot. Cook until the onions are starting to lightly brown (about 8-10 minutes).
- Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, and paprika. Cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in the broth, bell pepper, potatoes, beans, and add the sausage back to the pot. Increase the heat to high and bring it to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to a rapid simmer. Cook, covered (with the lid slightly open), stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes or until the potatoes are fall-apart tender, the carrots have softened, and the flavors have had some time to build. Add more broth or water if it looks like the liquid is getting too low. This isn't meant to have as much liquid as a soup would, but feel free to add more than suggested (I would add 1/2 cup at a time).
- To save some prep time, I will start by prepping the sausage, and then I prep the onion, carrots, and celery while it cooks. I then prep the bell pepper and potatoes while the onion/carrots/celery cooks.
- What kind of sausage to use? I bought a coil of already cooked Ukrainian sausage. Kielbasa is similar and will work too. You could even used uncooked sausage (like Italian sausage). I'd take it out of the casings and crumble it if going that route.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.