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Tiny French Beans with Smoked Sausage

Photography: Jim Bathie; Styling: Jan Gautro

8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Find flageolets, tiny French kidney beans, in specialty food stores or online at For a nice presentation, garnish with thyme sprigs.


  • 1 pound smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/3 cup minced shallots
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups dried flageolets or other dried white beans, (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh or 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • Thyme sprigs (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 238
  • fat 6.2 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • monofat 2.1 g
  • polyfat 1.8 g
  • protein 18.9 g
  • carbohydrate 28 g
  • fiber 8.2 g
  • cholesterol 37 mg
  • iron 3.6 mg
  • sodium 689 mg
  • calcium 108 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sausage; sauté 5 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan, and place in an electric slow cooker. Heat the oil in pan over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  2. Sort and wash beans. Add beans, shallot mixture, water, and the remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 8 hours or until beans are tender.

Cook's Notes

This recipe has been retested for Cooking Light Slow Cooker Tonight, 2012 If you use another type of dried beans other than the flageolets, your cooking time will probably be closer to 6 hours instead of 8 hours. MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit