Toulouse Sausage White Bean Stew

So this Whole30 program/diet thingy that I keep seeing everywhere..what’s up with that? Hats off to you if you tried it, it works and you love it! I am not dismissing it any way and I did think about it for a fleeting couple of seconds but there’s something about a set of rules and the fact that I must follow them. Also, different things work for different people. I do believe in eating a pretty healthy diet and try very hard to eat in moderation but not deprive myself the good stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ I did the deprivation thing once and it was a terrible sight.

With this Whole30 thing you can eat meat, poultry, fish, veggies, fruits and some fats, like avocado. I eat all those things anyway. Good news is you can have black coffee ๐Ÿ™‚ Ghee is allowed and I already use it in my cooking but butter has a special place in my soul. You can’t have sugar, not even maple syrup *@!?*&#*. I don’t eat cakes every day and I don’t like soda but I crave sweet and I love baking. No booze! *Grrr*. I think I’ll have a Negroni tonight. No smoking. No problem. Never done that. No bread!ย So, what the hell am I going to spread the butter on?!ย No grains! Come on, I grew up on bulgur! I love wild rice, oats, farro and corn. No beans or legumes. Again, I’m Armenian. I grew up on a diet of grains, beans and legumes. Lentils are in my blood! And this one just knocked my socks off my feet–no chickpeas! Are you kidding me? Hummus is in my veins!

That said, how fitting that I have a non-Whole30 recipe to share with you. Sausage and bean stew ๐Ÿ™‚ A wonderful combination!

Stew Ingredients
We have beans and more beans! I used a can each of butter and navy. A can of diced tomatoes. French Toulouse sausage. I bought this from the Farmers Market. 3-4 cloves of garlic (to keep away vampires) and a shallot. In terms of spice, I used a tablespoon of Whoop Ass (more in next pic), salt, pepper and something called Grains of Paradise 9more below). Now I don’t expect you to have a can of Whoop Ass and Grains of Paradise in your pantry so use a combination of or whatever spices you prefer. The small brown bag next to the sausage is risotto with Porcini mushrooms. We received this from Try the World and put it to good use.
Whoop Ass
Whoop Ass contains the following: Habanero, Chipotle, Ancho, Birdseye, and Cayenne Chilies. Cumin, Fennel Seed, Brown Mustard Seed, Oregano, Allspice, Black pepper, Organic Vermont Maple Sugar, Organic Onion, Organic Garlic and Himalayan Pink Salt. You can combine some of these if you have them, for e.g., cayenne or chipotle pepper, oregano, allspice, onion granules, garlic powder, and cumin.
Grains of Paradise
Grains of Paradise are dried seeds native to Africa. It has an intense aroma and if you have ever tasted one, it is a peppery, citrusy, interesting experience.It is great if you crush it and season your steaks with it ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know why I added this because you cannot tell it is there. The Woop Ass spice is all I tasted. Feel free to omit the grains of paradise.
Toulouse Sausage
Mince the garlic and dice the shallot. In a wide skillet, cook the garlic and onion with a bit of oil until translucent and emits a wonderful aroma. Remove the outer layer of the sausage and cut lengthwise. Then chop into bite size pieces. Cook the sausage for about 8-10 minutes. You can use any sausage. Chorizo would be great in this dish!
Stew Preparation
Drain the cans of beans and add. It looks so good and it hasn’t even cooked yet ๐Ÿ™‚
Stew Preparation
Add the Whoop Ass or whatever spices you like. I used a tablespoon (not full) and it was spicy! At this point I also added a few crushed grains of paradise and salt and pepper.
Sausage and white bean stew
Empty the diced tomatoes and stir it all up. I also added about a cup of water. You can use broth. Taste and season if necessary. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
White bean sausage stew
The house should smell pretty amazing while this is cooking. It is a comforting sight ๐Ÿ™‚
Risotto and stew
Garnish with some chopped parsley. Eat it as is or make some rice. My husband cooked the risotto with Porcini mushrooms ๐Ÿ™‚ Risotto is his department. It requires a lot of stirring ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Toulouse Sausage White Bean Stew

Recipe by Marale Garabetian


1 15.5 oz can of Butter beans (drained)

1 15.5 oz can of Navy beans (drained)

2 sausages (any kind). I used Toulouse.

1 can diced tomatoes

About a cup of water

1 shallot (diced)

3-4 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 tbsp of Whoop Ass spice (or your preferred spices)

A few crushed seeds of Grains of Paradise (I could have and should have omitted this)

Salt and pepper to taste

Chopped parsley for garnish


Mince the garlic and dice the shallot. In a wide skillet on medium heat, cook the garlic and onion until translucent and smells great ๐Ÿ™‚ Remove the outer layer of the sausage and cut lengthwise. Then chop into bite size pieces. Cook the sausage for about 8-10 minutes.Drain and add the beans. Add the spices and the can of diced tomatoes.Add water, season with salt and pepper, and give it a good stir. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Season again if necessary. Garnish with parsley and Eat!






2 Comments Add yours

  1. Maria says:

    It looks amazing! It is very similar to the Fabada Asturiana (from Asturias, Spain). Perfect comfort food! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Marale says:

      It is perfect comfort food ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy to share!


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