Hearty Sausage Stew Recipe
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Hearty Sausage Stew Recipe

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My daughters shared this recipe with me, and I've since shared it with many others. It fits the bill for economy of time and money. Plus, it tastes great! —Nellie Lamb, Muskogee, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1/2 pound fresh kielbasa or Polish sausage links
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage links
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 3-1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 ounces uncooked spiral pasta

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 462 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 1793mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 4g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook sausages over medium heat until a thermometer reads 160°. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Cut sausages into 1/2-inch slices; set aside.
  2. In the drippings, saute onion and pepper until crisp-tender. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, apple juice, parsley, garlic, basil, oregano and sausages. Bring to a boil; add pasta. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  3. Serve immediately or cool and freeze in freezer containers for up to 3 months.
  4. To use frozen stew: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a saucepan; add water to thin if necessary. Cover and cook over medium heat until hot and bubbly, stirring occasionally. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Sausage Stew in Simple & Delicious January/February 2010, p27

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Water4Chocolate User ID: 7962831 241665
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"Responding to Sandy and other re the high sodium content: Changing to Apple Cider I doubt will make much difference. My bottle of regular Fresh pressed White House bottled apple juice only has 25 mgs sodium per 8 oz serving, also the same for the Wal-Mart brand of fresh pressed and it's not expensive nor a raw product. 33% Lower Sodium chicken Broth has approximately 580 mgs per 1 cup serving (depending on the brand) as opposed to my regular beef broth at 880 mgs. I think the most significant source of sodium is from the two varieties of regular sausage. I would suggest using a low sodium version of turkey Sausage flavored like Polish and Italian. Perhaps some of these turkey products were not available when this recipe first appeared nearly 5 years ago. There are also easy recipes available on TOH for making your own turkey Sausage which would be nitrite/nitrate free). Hope this helps some of you who also have to watch salt."

homecookcharity User ID: 7810209 165396
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"easy to make and delicious."

Sandy1209 User ID: 8011047 97408
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

"For the ones on here that mentioned the high salt count on this recipe, I agree. But that is an easy fix. Use fresh tomatoes, homemade chicken stock instead of canned or boxed, and fresh apple cider instead of juice! FYI, homemade stock is easier than you think! Keep it in the freezer!"

Blooming flower User ID: 6805420 166089
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"Was very good to us"

jchf User ID: 6238788 151693
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"sounds great if you don't worry about fat and about getting all your salt for the day in one serving!"

Penny-K User ID: 7465434 96003
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"Way to much sodium (1,793mg) if I can lower the sodium by 85% to 269 mg per serving then I will make it for my family, just needs to be healthier"

Ilove2cook User ID: 387813 166260
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"Thank you for the recipe, but we did not care for the sweet taste of this stew. I'm sure some others will like it, we we will move on."

SamanthaFarra User ID: 6996192 128010
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"We made this the whole family loved it"

KieraKaitou User ID: 6907556 151640
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Wonderful Recipe! The apple cider really added an interesting flavor to the beef broth! I used half Italian Sausage and half Apple Gouda flavored chicken sausage, it was delicious!"

silvrhwk User ID: 5129043 96002
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2011

"Surprisingly tasty! At first I thought that apple juice was a strange addition to stew, but it brightens up the flavor considerably. My hubby and I both appreciated this recipe and will happily make it again. We used turkey kielbasa and turkey sweet Italian sausage."

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