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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

1-3/4 cups equals 462 calories, 24 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 1793 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 20 g 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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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."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"Easy to make and delicious."

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!"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"Was very good to us"

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!"

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