Italian Sausage Stew

  • 15MINS
  • 1HR 5MINS
  • 446KCAL

Everyone loves a hearty stew, and this one has all the flavours of Italy in a rich savoury sauce, ideal when following slimming plans like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories446
  • Carbs59g
  • Protein26g
  • Fat8.5g
  • Saturates2.6g
  • Sugars20g

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Everyone loves a hearty stew, and it’s one of our go-to dishes as the nights start to get darker and colder. You can’t beat a bowl of hot stew, and we’ve packed this one with all the flavours of Italy!

We used Heck Chicken Italia sausages in keeping with the theme, but any low-fat sausage works well, even pork sausages.

Stews are a great way of sneaking in extra veggies for a fussy family too. We’ve used peppers, onions and courgettes, but you could throw in any leftovers to make this dish even more budget-friendly. Simply finely dice and add.

With a rich, garlicky sauce, this stew really packs a punch in terms of flavour! When you add in beans and pasta, you have a really filling dinner that’s satisfying and substantial for any night of the week.

Serve with a wedge of crusty bread for dipping – delish!

What diets is this Italian Sausage Stew suitable for?

Italian Sausage Stew can be suitable for gluten free diets if you swap out the stock cubes and pasta for gluten free versions. Alternatively, you could use potatoes instead of pasta.

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food!

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Italian Sausage Stew recipe?

  • If you’re on WW Green you need to count 9 Points per portion of this Italian Sausage Stew recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Blue you need to count 8 Points per portion of this Italian Sausage Stew recipe.
  • If you’re on WW Purple you need to count 8 Points per portion of this Italian Sausage Stew recipe.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Italian Sausage Stew?

We’ve used a specific brand of sausages, Heck Chicken Italia, as they’re already lightly spiced with Italian herbs. They’re available at most supermarkets, although you could use any sausage you like, but be mindful of any changes to the nutritional info!

Low-fat pork sausages would work well in this dish, or you could even try a slightly smoked sausage for a deeper flavour. Why not experiment, and let us know your favourite?

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How many calories are in this Italian Sausage Stew?

This Italian Sausage Stew is included in our Weekly Indulgence category because it contains 446 calories per portion. We recommend enjoying these recipes a few times a week alongside dishes from our Everyday Light category.

This Italian Sausage Stew recipe is ideal when following any of the larger diet plans such as Weight Watchers or counting calories.

The average woman needs around 2000kcal per day to maintain a healthy body weight, and men typically need slightly more at 2,500kcals, but you may want to reduce these if you are aiming to lose weight. You can find more information on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray the pan with low calorie cooking spray.

Step 2

Over a medium to high heat, fry the sausages for around 4-5 minutes until nicely browned.  They don’t need to be fully cooked through as they will be returned to the pan later. Remove and set aside.

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Step 3

Give the pan another spray with low calorie cooking spray, then add the onions, peppers, carrots and courgette and sauté for 6-8 minutes until the vegetables are starting to soften.

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Step 4

Add the garlic and herbs and continue to cook for 1 minute.

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Step 5

Add the stock cubes to the water and pour into the pan along with the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and bring to a simmer.

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Step 6

Cut the sausages into 3 and return to the pan.

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Step 7

Cover and cook for 35 minutes.

Step 8

Add the pasta and beans and stir well. Cover and cook for a further 15-20 minutes (this will depend on the type of pasta you use.) Remember that the pasta will absorb some liquid, so add a little more water if you think it is looking too dry.

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Step 9

Taste and season with some salt and pepper if desired.

Step 10

Serve sprinkled with some grated parmesan, if you wish.

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How do you know when Italian Sausage Stew is cooked?

You should cook this Italian Sausage Stew until the sausages are cooked through and the pasta is tender. This will take around 20 minutes, depending on the type of pasta you use.

To keep your family safe, the advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes.

How long can you keep Italian Sausage Stew in the fridge?

Make sure that you eat this recipe within 4 hours of serving it.

If you have any leftovers, then make sure that you allow them to cool before popping them in a container with a lid and refrigerating. Leftovers of this Italian Sausage Stew can be kept in the fridge for around 3 days.

Can I freeze Italian Sausage Stew?

YES you can freeze this recipe! If you do, then remember to do the following:

  • Allow it to cool and then freeze in individual portions as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Place in a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
  • Add a label with the recipe name and what date you froze it (no one likes mystery meat!)

How do I reheat Italian Sausage Stew?

Allow to defrost fully overnight and reheat thoroughly in the microwave for 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Italian Sausage Stew

Everyone loves a hearty stew, and this one has all the flavours of Italy in a rich savoury sauce, ideal when following slimming plans like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    1 HR 5
  • KCals 446
  • Carbs 59G
  • WW Points:
  • 9 Green
  • 8 Blue
  • 8 Purple

Ingredients

  • 8 low fat sausages
  • 2 onions peeled and diced
  • 2 peppers (any colour) diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 courgette sliced
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400 g tin cannellini beans drained
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 750 ml boiling water
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 150 g dried pasta shapes  e.g. fusilli, penne or macaroni
  • low calorie cooking spray
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 g grated parmesan (optional)

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Instructions

  1. Spray the pan with low calorie cooking spray.
  2. Over a medium to high heat, fry the sausages for around 4-5 minutes until nicely browned.  They don't need to be fully cooked through as they will be returned to the pan later. Remove and set aside.
  3. Give the pan another spray with low calorie cooking spray, then add the onions, peppers, carrots and courgette and sauté for 6-8 minutes until the vegetables are starting to soften.
  4. Add the garlic and herbs and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the stock cubes to the water and pour into the pan along with the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and bring to a simmer.
  6. Cut the sausages into 3 and return to the pan.
  7. Cover and cook for 35 minutes.
  8. Add the pasta and beans and stir well. Cover and cook for a further 15-20 minutes (this will depend on the type of pasta you use.) Remember that the pasta will absorb some liquid, so add a little more water if you think it is looking too dry.
  9. Taste and season with some salt and pepper if desired.
  10. Serve sprinkled with some grated parmesan, if you wish.

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Recipe notes

Tip: This works well with potatoes instead of pasta. Simply cut into 2cm chunks and add at step 6 along with the sausages. 

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KerySaturday 8th May 2021

Hi I have all the ingredients apart from cannelloni beans would this recipe work with baked Beans instead?

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    HollyTuesday 18th May 2021

    Hey Kery, yes baked beans should work fine instead of the the cannelloni beans, hope that helps!

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LucyWednesday 17th March 2021

Hi,

When you say cover and cook, do you still mean cooking on the hob or putting it into the oven? Thanks!

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    HollyThursday 18th March 2021

    Hi Lucy, this recipe is cooked on the hob so cover with a lid and cook, hope that helps!

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EmmaFriday 26th February 2021

Hi

Sounds silly, but if i was this for 2 portions instead of 4, would it be 1 stock cube ton375ml water? When i asjust the portions it says 1 stock cube but still to 750ml water?
Thank you,

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    HollyFriday 26th February 2021

    Hi Emma, yes that’s correct half the water the same as the other ingredients. I have amended the recipe to list the water as a separate ingredient so this should now alter the measurement when altering the serving sizes. Hope that helps!

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Lorraine.Sunday 21st February 2021

Hello,
Can you cook this recipe with Quorn sausages? Thank you

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    SharonMonday 22nd February 2021

    Hi Lorraine, yes, this recipe should work well with Quorn sausages. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Stephen CamburnSaturday 30th January 2021

Just made this and just whoa…. so delicious!! everyone very happy!! Thank you thank you for sharing such an amazing, tasty and too be honest, easy weekend dinner recipe 😎👍🏻

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    HollySunday 31st January 2021

    Hi Stephen, so glad you enjoyed the Italian Sausage Stew!

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EmilyFriday 29th January 2021

When you say 150g of dried pasta is that 150g dried before it’s cooked or 150g of cooked pasta? Just it swelled up a lot and there was loads of it. Thank you

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    LisaFriday 29th January 2021

    Hi Emily
    Yes, it is 150g of dried pasta. It goes in the pan raw and will swell as it cooks and absorbs the liquid in the stew.

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Karis LeckieTuesday 26th January 2021

Wow!! This is magnificent! I forgot the cannelini beans…but it was still amazing! So very very tasty! Most enjoyed on a cold winter evening. A new firm favourite.

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    HollyWednesday 27th January 2021

    Hi Karis, so glad to hear you enjoyed this stew!

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Angie HMonday 25th January 2021

Made this for tea tonight, wow it was delicious. Wry filling as we have lots left so going to freeze it x

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    HollyTuesday 26th January 2021

    Hi Angie, so glad you enjoyed the Italian Sausage Stew! That is a great idea about freezing a portion for next time!

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EllenSunday 24th January 2021

Could the cannellini beans been swapped for butterbeans or chickpeas?

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    LisaSunday 24th January 2021

    Yes, they could. Butter beans would probably work better as they have a similar creamy texture to canellini. Chickpeas have a harder texture.
    Hope this helps!

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KateSunday 24th January 2021

I made this last night and it was absolutely delicious, great recipe. Will definitely be making it again.
Thank you

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    HollyMonday 25th January 2021

    Hi Kate, so glad you enjoyed the Italian Sausage Stew!

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MicheleThursday 21st January 2021

Hi. This recipe looks absolutely delicious!!
Could I cook in a slow cooker instead and if so how long would you recommend?
Thanks

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    HollyThursday 21st January 2021

    Hey Michele, we have an article HERE which gives you a few tips plus a timer conversion chart for slow cooking hope that helps!

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