Three Beans and Sausage Recipe
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Three Beans and Sausage Recipe

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For a stick-to-your ribs meal, try this hearty combination of beans and sausage. Because it calls for several canned items, it's easy to prepare and let cook for the afternoon. It's also inexpensive to serve. —Judy Sumner, Riverton, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, optional
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 12 ingredients. Sprinkle with oregano and thyme if desired. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Discard bay leaf. Serve with rice. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Three Beans and Sausage in Simple & Delicious March/April 2006, p60

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Reviewed Jul. 16, 2014

"This recipe was very simple but I felt that is was too plain tasting. I made this when I had a family get together and everyone thought the same. My mother-in-law suggested that there be more sauce. So maybe with double the tomato sauce or use a big jar of marinara sauce so the sauce is thicker."

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"My kids love this. We have it often during cool weather months."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"I used the smoked turkey sausage and cut it down for two. It was very good."

Reviewed May. 7, 2009

"This is excellent. I did not have celery, so I used a 15 oz can of mixed veggies (undrained) and reduced the amount of water to 2/3 c. I also added a can of tomato paste and a few dashes of Red Hot. Excellent - we really enjoyed it!"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2008

"Wonderful! You can also add just a bit of water or beef broth to make a soup or stew and it is just as good."

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