Cannellini Beans and Italian Sausage

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The Clean Plate Club has voted this ‘Recipe Most Likely to Please’. The cannellini beans are first soaked then cooked with tomato and sage leaves until tender. An assortment of finely diced/minced vegetables are sautéed then seasoned and combined with the beans, and crushed tomatoes. They are heated through until the flavors are combined and finally a creamy cheese is added to finish and round out the flavors in a dish. Serve these with some beautifully browned Italian sausages on top and there you have it . . .


CANNELLINI BEANS AND ITALIAN SAUSAGE (Serves 6-8)

Ingredients

  • 2 (19 ounce) packages Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausages
  • 2 cups dried cannellini beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 7 cups water
  • 10 fresh sage leaves, divided
  • 1 medium Roma tomato, cored and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup Mascarpone cheese

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, pour the beans, add water to a level of 3 inches above beans and soak for 6 hours or overnight. Drain. Place beans in a soup kettle or Dutch oven; add 7 cups of water, 5 sage leaves and tomato. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1-1/2 hours or until beans are almost tender. Drain and reserve beans; discard liquid, sage and tomato.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, remaining sage, onions, carrots, celery, red pepper flakes and saute until tender. Add beans, crushed tomatoes, stock, salt and pepper. Cover, reduce heat to low, continue to cook for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, prepared sausages according to package directions. Drain. Cut sausage links into thirds. Just before serving, gently stir mascarpone cheese into beans. Spoon prepared beans into individual bowls and top with sausage pieces. Garnish with additional fresh sage. Serve.
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I am a blogger who would rather talk than write. I enjoy traveling, family time, friends and food/fine dining. I have made some real efforts in the kitchen lately, and I blog in order to document and motivate myself to: 1.) fully use all of the fresh ingredients in my kitchen and 2.) cook healthy, creative meals.

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