Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Bean Stew

One of the best things about playing around with a slow cooker is the way you can literally "throw together" dinner without much effort or planning. I had great intentions of going to the store for a chicken, but the baby was sound asleep and her sisters were busy playing school.

and they weren't arguing.

Instead, I picked up the phone, dialed a friend, and started throwing stuff I already had in the pantry and freezer into the pot.

The only problem?

I was so busy chatting, I forgot to take an ingredients picture. I did jot down what I tossed in, though!

The Ingredients.
serves 6

1 pound smoked sausage, casings removed, and crumbled
1 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped celery
2 brown potatoes, diced (no need to peel)
1/2 cup dried lima beans (no need to presoak lima beans)
1 tablespoon A-1 steak sauce (the secret ingredient!)
4 cups beef broth

The Directions.

I used a 6-quart slow cooker. My sausage was pretty frozen solid, so while I chopped the vegetables, I soaked the package in a sink full of hot water. When they softened enough to handle, I simply used a knife to cut off the casings, and crumbled the meat into the cooker. Add the lima beans, A-1, and beef broth.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or until the lima beans and carrots have reached desired tenderness.

Serve with a green salad and rolls. I made drop-biscuits from Pamela's Baking Mix.

The Verdict.

Easy and delicious! My sausage was mild in spices---it provided a smokey flavor infused with sage. If you use spicy sausage, your stew will be spicy. The A-1 gives the broth a fantastic color and a bit of a vinegary twang. mmm. Lima beans swell tremendously while they're cooked; 1/2 cup is plenty.

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at July 19, 2010

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  1. This sounds so delicious. yuum sausage.

  2. That sounds absolutely delicious. A1 is truly one of the best secret ingredients out there. -

  3. Going to try this this weekend!

  4. It's nice recipe!It sounds tasty! I like that and i like also to make that. I hope that you will update your posts and also keep to giving such nice information about recipes and slow cooker also.Thanks for this.

  5. Looks delicious. I will bookmark it for the return of "Soup Sundays" (when the weather cools again).

  6. A couple times you have said you've thown the frozen (whatever) in a sink of hot water, then used it. Exactly what I have always done... until one day I was watching a show and this subject came up!! This person asked how long an ice cube stays an ice cube in a drink? Well, it doesn't!! We all know that! Same as your frozed stuff from the freezer!!! Put it in a sink of cold water and it thaws like an ice cube would melt - surprisinly fast!! And it does not cause the meat (hamburger) to brown like I have had happen in the hot water!! lol!!
    Love coming to see what you are up to!!

  7. On the sausage for this - is it the fresh type or the fully cooked?

    I have TONS of sausage to use up thanks to a coupon deal a while back, but it's mostly fully cooked type. I'm thinking leave the casing on and chop it would work maybe?

  8. Stephanie, it's meals like this that make me ADORE the slow cooker :) Thank you, also, for your review on the Kathryn Stockett book, I've just added it to my amazon wish list!

  9. Just finished a bowl of this delicious stew! I will definitely be making this again :)

    I made your tilapia the other night and served it over bowtie pasta, Yummy!!!!

  10. My mom's special dish is Bean stew and that is one of my favorite dishes. I am going to suggest to my mom to try to cook this Smoked Sausage and Bean Stew. I know that she can make it perfectly.

  11. I know I would love this one. I love lima beans. I think they'd be great with sausage and the other veggies. :-)


  12. This was a winner with everyone in the family. I was skeptical about the beans getting tender in the crock pot but they cooked without any problems. It was really quite delicious. The sausage and the A-1 combined to make a delightful flavor. We will be using this recipe again.

  13. I just got married, just found your blog, and am TOTALLY appreciating it!

  14. I have made this twice and it is delicious! The second time I used turkey sausage and it was just as good and much more healthy!