Braised Sausage and White Beans in Savory Peanut Butter Sauce

Braised Sausage and White Beans in Savory Peanut Butter Sauce

Anyone who’s a fan of chicken satay, Thai Massaman curry, or African peanut stew knows just how well the flavor of peanuts meld into savory dishes. This recipe isn’t like any of those other dishes except for the fact that the flavor of peanuts also plays a big role. 

This dish is actually very loosely based on Creole gumbo. Celery and onion are classic gumbo veggies, and I used carrot instead of bell pepper. Smoky sausage and a few spices add dimension of flavor, and instead of roux as a thickener, I went with peanut butter. It’s a really fun play on classic Louisiana fare, and as a bonus, it comes together much quicker than most gumbos.  

  • Yield:4 servings
  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:30 minutes
  • Total Time:45 minutes


2 tbsp olive oil 

12 oz fully cooked kielbasa-style smoked turkey sausage, sliced 

1 large onion, chopped 

2 large carrots, chopped 

2 large stalks celery, chopped 

2-3 large cloves garlic, minced 

2 cups low-sodium chicken stock 

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 

1 tsp smoked paprika 

1/2 tsp coarse kosher salt 

1/4 tsp black pepper 

1 bay leaf 

1 (16-ounce) can no-salt-added white beans, rinsed and drained 

1/4 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator  

2 tbsp minced fresh parsley, for garnish (optional) 


  1. Heat the oil in a 5-quart pot over medium-high to high heat; add the sausage and cook until browned, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sausage to a bowl and set aside.

  2. Add the onion, carrot, and celery to the same pot. Turn the heat down to medium, cover the pot, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic during the last minute of cooking and stir constantly.

  3. Stir in the chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and bay leaf. Cover the pot, bring to a simmer, and then cook for 10 minutes (covered), stirring occasionally. (Turn the heat down as necessary to keep it at a simmer.)  

  4. Add the beans and peanut butter and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Taste and add salt, pepper, and/or hot sauce as desired.

  5. Serve with the fresh parsley sprinkled on top, if desired.

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