Katie’s Healthy Bites: A Fall Sausage Stew

by in Uncategorized, November 1, 2009

Fall is my favorite food time of the year. I absolutely love the warm, comforting flavors of winter squash and root vegetables. Butternut squash is often on our dinner table because its mild sweetness and creamy texture work well with many dishes. 

This cassoulet, based off a traditional sausage-and-bean stew from France, features my beloved butternut squash. The squash provides loads of nutrients: beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber to name a few. Along with the beans, the chicken sausage packs a protein (and flavor) punch without going overboard on fat.

This one’s not for a speedy weeknight meal, but you can get it on the table in an hour or so.

Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, White Bean and Chicken Sausage Cassoulet
6 servings

  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 links of pesto chicken sausage, raw
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (organic and low sodium preferred)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried sage, chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans
  • 1/2 cup whole-grain panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375° F. On the range, place a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the onions slices and minced shallots to the pot. Sauté 5 to 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add a pinch of salt to prevent browning.

In a separate pan, brown chicken sausage (3 to 5 minutes per side). Remove from pan, set aside and cool.  The sausage doesn’t need to be fully cooked as it will finish cooking in the oven. Once cool, slice sausage into 1-inch pieces.

After the onion is cooked through, turn off the heat. Add the sliced sausage, sweet potatoes, squash, broth, herbs and beans to the dutch oven with the onions and shallots. Mix together gently to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and 1/2 tablespoon olive oil; sprinkle evenly over squash mixture. Cover and bake in the oven at 375° for 30 minutes or until squash and potatoes are tender. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until topping is browned.

Nutrition Info:
Calories: 221
Fat: 7.6 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.65 grams
Protein: 8.2 grams
Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Cholesterol: 14.8 milligrams
Sodium: 268 milligrams
Fiber: 6.29 grams

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Comments (12)

  1. dhea says:

    I have read the whole article regarding the Sausage stew and the recipes.I like the post which is indeed a useful post.Fall is my favorite food time of the year.I want to know suggestion of other user.

  2. Amy says:

    How big is each serving?

  3. katie says:

    About a cup and a half…i always serve it with a green veggie as well…like kale :)

  4. Lauren says:

    I am so happy you posted this recipe. It was so good and I have been meaning to get the recipe from you. I have been telling Brendan about it and will be making it for dinner this week!

  5. tisane says:

    Looks so delicious and tasty. I definitely going to try this. Its mouthwatering recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Your Mom says:

    That looks absolutely disgusting. But thank you for sharing. Hope you didn't end up shizzing both ways after eating this gross melange of items.

  7. Claire says:

    The recipe sounds great. We just seen our dr. & he said we needed to add more fiber to our food so will try this one & if you have more high fiber recipes would love to see them. Thank you

  8. Lucy says:

    This sounds great! I'm doing Weight Watchers and will cut some of the fat but the high fiber is great.

  9. Sarah says:

    This was really delicious. The sqaush and potato took longer than 30 minutes to cook in the over. Next time I may partially cook them on the stove, or at least cut them smaller. Everything tasted great, though. Thanks.

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  11. katie says:

    Every oven is a bit different…turn up the heat to 400-425 and keep it covered. They should be tender is 30 minutes…glad you enjoyed it :)

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