Hearty Sausage Stew
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 30 min.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve immediately or cool and freeze in freezer containers for up to 3 months.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 462 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 1793mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 4g fiber), 20g protein.
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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.
Oct 6, 2014
Easy to make and delicious.
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!
Nov 24, 2013
Was very good to us
Nov 10, 2013
sounds great if you don't worry about fat and about getting all your salt for the day in one serving!
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
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.
Sep 4, 2013
We made this the whole family loved it
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!
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.