It’s beans. I know. Ew, right? Boring, bland, and definitely not photogenic (this stew will not be winning any beauty pageants) but stop scrolling for just a moment and you’ll be surprised what you might find here.
This is all of my favorite things about food put together: simple, quick, cheap, and delicious. What more could you ask for?
I love Simple Healthy Homemade’s original recipe, and if you just want to make that I wouldn’t blame you. I threw in a few extra things to
use up veggies add flavor and texture, as well as some spicy* sausage near the end for some heat. A few seasonings, some carrots, a sweet-potato-that-actually-turned-out-to-be-a-yam (curse you, misplaced grocery store signs!) and a potato later, voila! Deliciousness!
This bad boy is super customisable; switch around the veggies you add, mix up the seasonings, try a different kind of meat, and it’s enough to keep it interesting for awhile.
*If you don’t like spicy things, you can obviously use mild sausage, but I’d really recommend adding something at least a little bit spicy. I don’t like really hot things either, but when I tried this with mild sausage it was hard to taste. You could also use these homemade chicken sausage patties, which I can vouch for as being quite tasty.
White Bean Stew
Adapted from Simple Healthy Homemade
1/2 lb dry white beans (you don’t even need to soak them!)
1/2 cube bouillon, or 1 can broth of your choice
1 sweet potato
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt, then to taste at the end
5 1/2 cups water
6-12 ounces spicy sausage, depending on how meaty you like want your stew (I used about )
Get your veggies peeled and chop them all up before throwing them into a crock pot with everything else except the sausage. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 8-9, stirring once if possible (I couldn’t stir mine, and got a couple of crunchy burnt spots on a couple chunks of potato, but no big deal).
Just before you want to eat the soup, slice up and brown your sausage. Add it to the crock pot, and let it hang out for 5-10 minutes to let all the flavors meld together.
Serve by itself, or with some crusty bread. I’ve also eaten this cold, and it’s still delicious. Enjoy this cheap, hearty, delicious soup!