White Bean and Sausage Stew

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White Bean and Sausage Stew

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Published prior to 2008

This stew, when thickened with Signature Secrets, is ideal for serving in homemade bread bowls.

3 cups (1 pound) white beans, soaked in water overnight, washed and drained
8 cups (2, 32 ounce containers) chicken or vegetable broth
2 cups (16 ounces) water
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 pound spicy turkey sausage or highly flavored sausage, sliced
1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) onion, diced
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) celery, diced
2 cups (8 ounces) sweet potato, diced
1 pound kale, chopped or 2, 10 ounce packages frozen kale
1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) signature secrets culinary thickener* (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste.
Parsley or green onions, for garnish

Place beans, broth, water and vinegar in a large pot, bring to a simmer and then cook for 50-60 minutes until the beans are soft. Check often and add extra water if needed.

In a separate pan, sauté the sausage. Pour off most of the fat and set the sausage aside. Sauté the onion, and celery until translucent. Add the sautéed onions, celery, sausage, diced sweet potato, kale and signature secrets culinary thickener if you are using it, to the beans and continue to simmer until the sweet potato is tender, about 30 minutes.

Taste, add salt and pepper if desired. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or green onion *Signature secrets thickens the soup so that the broth does not leak if served in bread bowls.
Yield: about 3 1/2 quarts stew, about 12, 1 1/4 cup servings


  • star rating 11/23/2014
  • hlhartman from Amarillo, TX
  • Quick, easy, healthy and delicious. My children eat this stew without hesitation and even request it. It's easy to put together last minute and always turns out delicious.
  • star rating 10/18/2011
  • sjgustafson from KAF Community
  • Wonderful flavors in this soup. Love the spice of kale and the sausage. I made a couple of modifications for what I had available and the whole family loved it!! Adding it to my recipe collection.
  • star rating 11/19/2009
  • Stacie from Virginia
  • I made this for my family who is not even fond of beans and they thought is was gret. I did substitute white potato for the sweet potato since I didn't have any on hand and while it wasn't as colorful, it was still delicious!
  • 11/16/2009
  • TEA from San Diego, CA
  • I always wonder why someone would rate a recipe they do not make as written - the rating is not worth a dime. If you are going to change a recipe - great - but save the rating.
  • star rating 10/29/2009
  • Patty from San Francisco, CA
  • I followed this recipe to the T (tho I did not use the KA thickener). It turned out VERY bland and boring. It definitely needs something to jazz it up. I've since added some chili flakes and bacon and it's a little better but not worth making again.
    We are sorry this recipe didn't meet your expectations. When this happens with one of our recipes, feel free to call and chat with a baker at the Baker's Hotline number - 802-649-3717. Irene @ KAF
  • star rating 01/26/2009
  • Trish from Florida
  • This was the most delicious stew I have ever made. I did however, use chicken and smoked apple sausage instead of the spicy sausage and the smoked apple permeated throughout the stew the most wonderful flavor. My husband and son loved it! Definately one of our favorite dishes.
  • star rating 01/12/2009
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  • My husband and I both really liked this recipe but made a few changes of our own. We used 1/2 the amount of kale because it seemed like a lot and thought it would be even better with more sweet potatoes. We decided next time to cut the sausage in smaller pieces or just to add a bit more. This recipe was very hearty and delicious and we will be making it again.
  • star rating 01/10/2009
  • Kristina from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  • The only reason why I would give this 4 stars is because I used the base of this recipe, but altered it a bit due to what I had on hand. Instead of solely white beans, I used a 53 bean mixutre - which I think was fabulous. Also, I added some cubed butternut squash and use watercress instead of kale. I doubled the sausage (kielbasa) and thought it came out divine. We didn't use bread bowls, but I served it with a fresh french loaf. It was tasty without needing too much. This made a HUGE batch... enough for leftovers and a meal to freeze!