Sausage & Cannellini Bean Stew

Here’s a super simple Italian stew, featuring a family favourite; sausages. It’s one of those dishes you can throw together pretty quickly without too much faffery. Perfect for a winter’s day, this stew is hearty and warming. You can use any type of sausage you like, but good quality ones! I used some lovely pork and fennel ones and they were perfect. This stew is delicious on its own with some crusty bread or alongside a mountain of mashed potato. I’ll let you decide.

8 good quality Italian sausages (you decide the type)
1 onion (diced)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
2 canned anchovies (chopped)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 x 400g chopped tomatoes
salt & pepper
1 X 400g can cooked cannellini beans (drained)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a moderate heat until hot. Add the onion and garlic and fry gently for 5 minutes until soft. Add the ancovies and oregano and fry for a further 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, salt & pepper and 300ml water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes until the sauce has reduced by half. Tip in the beans and stir through – leave to simmer on a very low heat.

Meanwhile, fry the sausages in a pan with a little oil until browned on all sides. Place into the sauce and stir through. Simmer for 5-6 minutes. Remove from the heat, check for seasoning, then serve.

Serve with plenty of bread or with mash and vegetables.

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