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Great Northern Bean Stew Recipe

Great Northern Bean Stew Recipe

This thick and hearty stew is sure to chase the winter chills away.—Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 55 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the next 11 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Stir in parsley; cook 5 minutes longer.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 274 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 937mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 8g fiber), 11g protein

Reviews for Great Northern Bean Stew

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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"I used hamburger instead of sausage, as I don't like sausage. Left out the hot sauce. We loved this. Definitely will make again."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"Talk about a hug in a mug! After taking the advice of several reviewers to increase the bean content (I put in two large jars of Great Northern beans, water and all, instead of the one 15-oz. can), this turned into the most comforting, hearty, flavorful creation I have had in a long time! We provide meals to my elderly in-laws, and the fact that this is so nutritious and freezes well will make this tops on my list!"

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"I did start to make this but then realized there was no liquid at all in it except for the tomatoes. Had to add water. Wasn't impressed with this stew."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"loved this, but next time will add more beans!!"

Reviewed May. 10, 2013

"Husband loved this and has asked for it again"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"This was delicious!! Perfect for snuggling on the couch on a cold night!!"

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"Excellent!!! The only thing I will do different next time is to double the recipe, because there wasn't enough!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"My family loved this recipe. I did however have to add some water when cooking this down and next time I make it I will double the northern beans."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"This has become a staple in my home."

Reviewed Oct. 24, 2010

"I have made this several times during the winter months. It is always a hit. My husband wants me to make cornbread with it the next time! Very tasty."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2009

"I have made this twice in about a week. Very easy to prepare and tastes very good. I have noticed that the pork one chooses changes the overall taste. This is fine."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2009

"It sounds really good. I am using dry beans and they are tenderizing right now. Will have it for dinner."

Reviewed May. 16, 2009

"Out of all the recipes I've adopted from Taste of Home, this is my favorite. I frequently share it with others."

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