1 cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs, (see Tip)
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 pound turkey kielbasa sausage , thinly sliced
1 14 1/2ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 15 1/2ounce cans great northern or cannellini beans, rinsed
1 1/2 cups diced cooked turkey, or chicken
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake until crisp and light golden, stirring occasionally, 6 to 10 minutes; set aside.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a 4- to 6-quart Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, carrot and garlic; cook, stirring often, until just beginning to color, about 5 minutes. Add kielbasa and cook, stirring, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, broth, wine, beans, turkey (or chicken), thyme, salt and pepper; bring to a simmer.
Sprinkle the toasted breadcrumbs over the top and transfer the pot to the oven. Bake until browned and bubbling, 25 to 35 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, if using, and serve.
Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs: Trim crusts from bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice makes about 1/3 cup.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Prepare through Step 2. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.