Healthy, quick, and delicious comfort food. Is there anything better? This Italian Sausage Stew with white beans, kale, and homemade croutons is dinnertime perfection!

Overhead of earthenware bowl containing Italian sausage stew garnished with croutons, Parmesan, and fresh parsley.

Major comfort food alert! Bonus, it’s made in under 20 minutes. Depending on what kind of comfort I’m craving, I might not want to be slaving in the kitchen over an elaborate meal. Sometimes I do crave that kind of comfort, the comfort of spending hours in the kitchen, creating amazing food just because I want to.

But the comfort I crave most these days is the comfort of a quick, healthy, easy meal after a long, tiring day. Something that doesn’t come from a box or can but will have me out of the kitchen and relaxing with my family, stat. Something that doesn’t make a hundred pans dirty. Something warm, hearty and filling.

This recipe fits the bill in every single way.

I’m teaming up with Red Gold Tomatoes again to bring you this warm, comforting sausage stew. After visiting their farms and canning facilities, I’ve become more confident of the quality of the tomatoes each time I pick up a can of Red Gold Tomatoes. For this recipe, I use the petite diced tomatoes – I want them approximately the same size as the beans, carrots, and sausage. They are the perfect addition to this Italian sausage stew.

Brown bowl with Italian sausage stew, on blue striped cloth, with can of Red Gold tomatoes in background.

I’m sitting in the library right now writing this post (I have a couple of rare kid-free hours thanks to my mother-in-law!) and I can’t help but crave this stew. It’s calling my name. It could be the homemade croutons which are like kryptonite to me, but I think it’s just the combination of the zesty sausage (I use sweet Italian but if you like it hot, go for spicy!), the creamy white beans, chewy kale, and sweet tomatoes.

Oh, but the croutons. Don’t skip the homemade croutons. They soak up a little of the juice in this sausage stew while remaining crispy and perfect.

Is it becoming evident that I have a crouton problem?

Brown bowl with handle containing soup on blue and white striped cloth.

I think our dinner plans for tonight may have just changed. Easy, good, and ready in 20 minutes!

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Craving more soups and stews to warm your soul? Try:


Overhead of earthenware bowl containing sausage, bean, and kale soup garnished with large croutons.

Italian Sausage Stew with White Beans and Kale

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Healthy, quick, and delicious comfort food. Is there anything better? This Italian Sausage Stew with white beans, kale, and homemade croutons is dinnertime perfection!


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 20 ounces sweet Italian turkey sausage, casing removed
  • 4 firmly-packed cups of torn kale leaves (bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce) Red Gold petite diced tomatoes with their juice
  • 1 can (15 ounce) great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth (more if desired)
  • Garnish: homemade croutons, fresh parsley, grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, carrots, and Italian sausage. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking up sausage, until sausage is browned and cooked through and onions are translucent. Add kale and continue to stir and cook until kale is wilted (1-2 minutes).
  2. Add tomatoes, beans, and broth and cook until heated through. If you desire the stew to be more soup-like, add more broth.
  3. Serve garnished with croutons, fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.


  • This stew can be served immediately or you can let it simmer awhile until you're ready to serve it.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 of 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 812mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 27g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Disclaimer: This Italian Sausage Stew with White Beans and Kale was created in connection with Red Gold Tomatoes. Red Gold compensated me for the time required to create this recipe and share it with you. All opinions are always my own. Thank you for supporting my blog by reading about brands I use and love in my own home.