Italian Style Three Bean Turkey Stew

In my desire to make healthier menu choices in recent months, I came up with this delicious bean and turkey sausage stew (or chili) that is low fat, high in fiber, and very filling. I used canned beans in my version simply for convenience sake, but feel free to cook dried beans from scratch if you prefer.

You could choose any canned beans you prefer, but I had black, cannellini, and Romano beans in my pantry so I used those. I decided to use Italian style turkey sausages for this recipe to keep it tasting as Italian as possible, but feel free to use ground turkey if you cannot find Italian turkey sausages in your area.

As with most of my soups and stews, I added lots of celery, carrots, and onions into the mix, although I also included two chopped hot red peppers in this recipe for the added heat it seemed to call for. To top your stew (or chili), feel free to experiment using chopped green onions, or your favorite shredded cheese. I decided to simply add a dollop of fat free Greek yogurt to garnish my stew, although sour cream also works great.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele 

Italian Style Three Bean Turkey Stew

Italian Style Three Bean Turkey Stew

Yield: serves 6 - 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

A healthy, hearty stew made with turkey, beans, and lots of veggies.


  • 4 to 5 Links Hot or Mild Italian Style Turkey Sausages (Remove Meat From Casings) May Also Use 1 Pound Ground Turkey
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion, Peeled And Chopped
  • 2 Stalks Celery, Chopped
  • 3 Carrots, Stem Ends Removed And Chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Peeled And Finely Minced
  • 1 To 2 Hot Red Peppers, Chopped (Optional)
  • 1 (28 Ounce) Can Chopped Tomatoes
  • 3 (15 Ounce) Cans Beans (Cannellini, Black, Kidney, Chickpea or Romano Are Recommended)
  • 1 (6 Ounce) Can Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth (Or Water)
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Italian Seasonings
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1/3 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil

To Serve: (Optional Toppings)

  • Greek Yogurt or
  • Shredded Cheese or
  • Chopped Green Onions or
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley


  • In a large heavy saucepan, add the olive oil and sausage meat and cook over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink and is beginning to brown.
  • Add the onions, celery, and carrots, and continue to cook until the vegetables begin to soften.
  • Add the garlic and hot pepper if using and cook an additional minute or two.
  • Add the 3 cans of beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, seasonings and herbs and mix well.
  • Cook until mixture begins to boil, then reduce heat and cook for an additional hour until thick.
  • If stew thickens too much, add additional water as needed.
  • Taste, and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Serve in individual bowls with choice of toppings.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 499Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 784mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 7gSugar: 14gProtein: 39g

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One Comment

  1. This came out really well, good depth of flavour, satisfying but not heavy, really happy with it, thank you for the recipe!
    Wholesome, flavourful, easy to make, easy to eat, comforting.
    I did it in the slow cooker, so browned off the meat but then just added everything to the pot to keep it simple and cooked on high for 3.5 hrs. That timing gave a good texture to the veg.
    I used black beans, chickpeas and some kidney beans that had sat at the back of the shelf for 18 months because I don’t really like them, but they worked so well in this I’d be tempted to get them again!
    I used dried herbs as didn’t have enough fresh, and about 1.5 tbsp tomato puree (which I was the closest I had to your cans of tomato paste which we don’t have in the UK – is it like passata?). I didn’t use peppers, but can definitely see how they would complement this meal.
    It was good by itself, but really elevated by the suggested addition of Greek yoghurt
    I ended up with 6 good size meals, and a seventh, more lunch-sized one.
    Now need to check out the other recipes on this site!

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