Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
7 Hours 35 Mins
Makes about 4 qt.

This dish is so easy: Just brown your favorite smoked sausage, toss the ingredients together, and let the slow cooker do the rest. All you need to round out the meal is a simple green salad and loaf of crusty bread.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cut sausage into 2-inch pieces, and halve sausage pieces lengthwise, cutting to but not through other side. Cook half of sausage in 1 Tbsp. hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer sausage and drippings to a 7-qt. slow cooker. Repeat with remaining sausage and oil.

Step 2

Add 1 cup broth to skillet, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to loosen browned bits from bottom of skillet. Boil 1 minute or until reduced by half. Stir beans, next 8 ingredients, boiled broth mixture, 3 cups water, and remaining broth into slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 7 hours or until beans are tender. Discard cheese rind.

Step 3

Stir mixture with rosemary sprig 30 seconds to 1 minute; discard rosemary. Remove 1 cup beans, and process in a blender 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Stir pureed bean mixture into slow cooker. (Repeat procedure with 1 more cup beans, if a thicker consistency is desired.) Serve immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

Even better as left-overs

July 15, 2015
I have an original crock pot- what is listed here would not fit.  I used a 1lb bag of beans, which is only 2C, and could only get 2C of water, not 3 in the pot.  1st time I made it I just threw in the Parmesan rind, which dissolved into unappetizing mushy chunks. Next time I made it I wrapped the rind in cheese cloth which I could then pull out at the end,  We thought it was delicious.

Sausage and Bean Stew

March 28, 2015
Liked convenience of cooking in crock pot but too salty and too much garlic for my taste.  I thickened the stew as recommended but also added a mashed potato to absorb some of the salt and cooked a couple servings in a pot to reduce and thicken the broth.