As with most recipes I did a little tweaking. Substituted 4 cups of the water with low-sodium chicken stock. Also added 4 cups of chopped kale, which complemented the sausage and beans perfectly. I followed the cooking time for the beans yet they were still a bit chewy, so I would probably add at least another 30 minutes in the future. This stew will definitely become one of my cold weather go-to meals.