Italian Salsiccia Finocchietto (Fennel Sausage) Stew

Okay I am being a smarty panster here. I am so lucky to have an incredible local grocer, Crown St Grocer, right near me and they source the most unbelievable italian fennel and pork sausage, Salsiccia Finocchietto, made with Berkshire pork that is hand reared. And a sausage this good deserves to be treated with respect and cooked with love. So a stew, you might think wait a second slow simmered for ages thats not love….but it is, long slow cooking to let the flavours develop. Try and get really good quality italian style pork sausage from a good deli or contact Salumi and see if they supply near you. Come on really, a pig raised in the amazing Northern Rivers of NSW. You know you want it.

Recipe: Italian Salsiccia Finocchietto Stew

Ingredients

  • 500g (1 pack of Salumi Salsiccia Finocchietto) pork fennel sausage
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 large brown onion chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 200g tins of cannelloni beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 200g tins of crushed tomatoes
  • 5 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 10 good grids of black pepper
  • 1 fresh bay leaf or two dried
  • 3 cups chopped fresh baby spinach

Instructions

  1. Cut the sausage into 10cm lengths and then gentle slit the sin down the length, remove the skin and then cut the sausage into small chunks, roll them into small balls and coat in olive oil
  2. Gently fry the sauage meat balls on medium heat, keep them moving so they dont stick until they are coated on all sides and browned
  3. In a casserole style pot gently fry the onion and fennel in some olive oil until soft
  4. Add to the pot the stock, beans, tomatoes, bay leaf, thyme and pepper and stir gently to combine
  5. As the mix comes to the boil return the sausage pieces to the mix and then gently simmer with a lid on for about 90 minutes
  6. Then take the lid off and simmer to thicken the sauce for another 30 minutes
  7. Remove bay leaf.
  8. Add spinach and cook until wilted
  9. Serve with some steamed new potatoes if you like

Quick Notes

You can actually do this in a slow cooker too, set it on low for about 6 hours.

Cooking time (duration): 15

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: Italian

My rating: 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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