Monday, November 12, 2012

White Beans with Sausages

Something about white beans in a savory sauce served with juicy Italian sausages just makes me feel warm all over.  If you're looking to add an easy to make, wholesome, comfort food dish to your repertoire this winter, this is the ticket. 

5 Sweet, Mild or Hot Italian Sausages (I used Mild)
1 cup Sauvignon Blanc
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Vidala or sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cans (14 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoons dried oregano
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Prick the sausages in a couple of places and place in a large skillet.  Pour 1/2 cup of the wine to the sausages and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Lower the heat to medium low, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Remove the cover, increase the heat to medium high and cook the sausages until well browned, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a separate skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and saute until soft, about five minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for another minute, then add the beans, oregano, the remaining wine and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer uncovered until half of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.

The add the sausages to the pan with the beans and simmer for about 2 to 3 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper and serve. 
Really good comfort food doesn't get much easier or tastier than this!

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David said...

Katherine, This is a nice basic meal. Laurie and I both love beans and hot Italian sausage...but I'd have to leave out that bell pepper. I know that its a Cajun staple though... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

The Japanese Redneck said...

This is making me want to stop at the store for the ingredients!

Chris said...

Excellent! I am normally adverse to pin pricking sausage because you lose the juices on the grill but in a skillet it all comes together and nothing is lost.