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It was dark and stormy…the wind was howling…I was curled up on my couch with my Kindle and a cup of tea, attempting to draw out my last hours of vacation!

Last night was the perfect night for hearty, healthy stew, enter:

spicy sausage, escarole, white bean stew

One-Pot Meal: Sausage, Escarole and White Bean Stew


  • 1 TB EVOO
  • 1 onion, chopped (I omitted because of the lad’s aversion to onions…and ham…and salt…)
  • 2.5 – 3 links of hot Italian sausage (can sub with chicken or turkey sausage, spicy is better with this stew though)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper
  • ½ cup mushrooms
  • 2 15-oz. cans white cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small head of escarole, washed, dried, and chopped into 1-2 in pieces
  • 1 15-oz can lower sodium, fat-free chicken broth
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • Parmesan for sprinkling

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or stew pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and let cook for about 6 minutes. Add the sausage, keep the heat at medium to medium-high, stirring and breaking up the sausage into bite-size chunks, for about 6 minutes.

Stir in the beans. Add in the escarole in small batches, tossing with the sausage.

Add the chicken broth, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, cook for about 8 minutes.

Season with red wine vinegar. Stir and let simmer for up to two hours. The spices from the sausage will release into the broth the longer you let it simmer.

Enjoy with some brown bread, we got ours courtesy of my brother who had the lad for Christmas grab bag and thought he’d enjoy some authentic Irish brown bread, Barry’s tea, and bangers!

sprinkle with Parm cheese!

On a side note, one pot meals like soup, stew, and chili, tend to be a cheaper alternative to buying a meat/fish, veggie, and starch as a side. Lately, I’ve been trying to look at my cabinets, see what I have (beans, corn, pasta) and make my own stew or chili from there. It’s a fun way to get creative in the kitchen and if you have a basic stew or chili recipe to follow then adding in a few things here or there shouldn’t devastate the meal (hopefully!)

What meal do you make when it’s dark, rainy, windy and chilly outside?

Have you ever had authentic Irish brown bread? You’ll never go back to regular white bread, that’s fo’ sho’.