Italian White Bean and Sausage Stew
This comforting and substantial white bean and sausage stew is a soup that eats like a meal! Browning the sausage in a dry pan creates a beautiful fond that adds rich flavor. With beans, greens, and sausage, this stew is incredibly nutritious and warms you from the inside out. Serve with a hunk of crusty Italian bread.
Instead of soaking dried beans overnight, you can use canned beans. Dried beans come out better though and are less expensive.
Use any sausage you want. If your sausage doesn't have garlic in it, add 2 cloves minced garlic 5 minutes after you add onion. Pecorino can be used instead of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
If you don't have wine, you can use 2 tablespoons wine vinegar and 1/4 cup water, or just use water.
The amount of water you add will depend on how thick you want the stew. I use about 7 1/2 cups.
You can use any greens for the kale, like spinach, Swiss chard, mustard greens, or stinging nettles. Cooking time will vary based on what you use.