Thanks to Klement’s Sausage for collaborating on this post! While this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own (as usual.)
About two years ago I worked with Klement’s and I’m excited to be working with them again! Slow cooker season is every season for me, but I really put my Crock-pot to use in the winter and cooler months of spring. This week I am making a Cheddar Sausage & White Bean Stew in my slow cooker. It’s so easy and super savory. With St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, this would be a great recipe for entertaining – a small portion of this meal goes a long way!
But first a shout-out to the star of this show – the sausage. I love that Klement’s sausages are fully cooked and ready to go. While I used the cheddar bratwurst (it has bits of cheddar mixed into it), I also have the jalapeno sausage, but I wasn’t sure how spicy it would be (and since I was ultimately testing this out on my kids, I decided to hold off on jalapeno for the moment.)
Slow Cooker Cheddar Sausage & White Bean Stew
What you need:
2 cans of navy beans, drained
1 large can of diced tomatoes, not drained
1 onion, chopped
1 package of Klement’s Cheddar Bratwurst (there are 5 links in a package)
1 tablespoon of basil
2 teaspoons of diced garlic (or more if you prefer – I love garlic!)
Shredded cheese (optional)
What to do:
The prep time in this recipe is going to be in chopping your onion and slicing the Klement’s sausage links. It still took me less than 10 minutes to do all of this. The sausage is already fully cooked and it’s fairly simple to cut it all.
I placed the beans, tomatoes, onion and sausage in the Crock-pot. Then topped with basil and garlic. Stirred well and cooked on low for 7 hours. The dish was actually really good with shredded cheese on top, but you don’t have to go that route.
I did not pre-cook the meat. Also? I really don’t enjoy slow cooker recipes that call for cooking something before you slow cook it. It’s maddening and it defeats the purpose of slow cooking in one pot.
This slow cooker Cheddar Sausage & White Bean Stew is definitely going to be on our menu again. Talk to me about winter and food…and if it’s ever going to be real spring.
Do you use the slow cooker year-round?