Braised Fennel, Cannellini Beans & Italian Sausage

Prep Time
5 1/2h
Cook Time
5h 15m
Ready In

"Prepared in a slow cooker, this is an easy dish to prepare! It makes a stew type dish. Great in the fall and winter."

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (328.7 g)
  • Calories 382.1
  • Total Fat - 8.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 5.8 mg
  • Sodium - 1002.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 62.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.8 g
  • Sugars - 7.8 g
  • Protein - 15.2 g
  • Calcium - 186.8 mg
  • Iron - 4.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 20.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Prick the sausage casings with a fork or the tip of a sharp knife. Cook the sausage links in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat for 8 minutes, turning often to brown all sides.

Step 2

Place the chopped fennel bulbs and the next 6 ingredients in a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 5 quart slow cooker. Top with the sausage in a single layer. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or until the vegetables are tender and the sausage is cooked.

Step 3

Transfer the sausage to a cutting board; cool slightly. Cut the sausage diagonally into 3/4 inch pieces.

Step 4

Stir the sausage, beans, and radicchio into the fennel mixture in the slow cooker. Cover, and cook on high for 15 minutes or until the radicchio is wilted and tender. Top with cheese and drizzle with extra olive oil if desired.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


Great flavors! I rarely use my slow cooker, so I made this in an enameled dutch oven and it turned out very well! Fennel and Cannellini beans are one of DH's favorites, so I knew we would love it. We'll definitely be having this again! The only change I would make next time is to leave out the radicchio. I don't really care for it, and it doesn't really add anything to the dish (IMHO - LOL!) Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe that will go into our regular rotation!


review by:
(3 May 2022)

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