Country Bean Stew


A trio of meats -- lamb, Italian sausage, and ham -- make this tomato and bean stew filling and satisfying.

Country Bean Stew
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Stand Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
8 hrs 45 mins


  • 6 cup water

  • 2 cup dry Great Northern beans

  • 3 large carrots, coarsely chopped

  • 12 ounce lean boneless lamb, cut into cubes

  • 8 ounce bulk Italian sausage

  • 3 medium onions, coarsely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 cup water

  • 1 teaspoon instant beef bouillon granules

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ cup dry red wine

  • cup tomato paste (1/2 of a 6-ounce can)

  • ½ cup cubed cooked ham

  • ¼ cup snipped fresh parsley


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the 6 cups water and the dry beans. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans; rinse with cold water and drain again.

  2. In a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, combine beans and carrots. In a large skillet, cook lamb, sausage, onions, and garlic over medium heat until sausage is brown, breaking up sausage as it cooks. Drain off fat. Transfer meat mixture to cooker. Stir in the 3 cups water, the bouillon granules, thyme, and oregano.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours.

  4. In a small bowl, stir wine into tomato paste; add to mixture in cooker along with ham and parsley. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

470 Calories
12g Fat
51g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 470
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 732mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 19%
Protein 35g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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