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Recipe Corner…White Beans and Sausage

White Beans and Sausage

This recipe is fast and easy to make and is absolutely delish! This is Italian comfort food at its best. Even better its good for you with lots of olive oil, leafy greens, tomato, legumes and lean chicken sausage. This recipe serves 4. Enjoy!

Beans

15 oz. can of white beans

1 Tbsp olive oil

4-5 fresh sage leaves

2 cloves garlic, crushed

4 black peppercorns

Salt

½ cup chicken broth

 

Beans with sausage

5 Tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian chicken sausage

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

3-4 canned plum tomatoes, chopped

1 Yellow onion chopped

1 cup spinach or arugula

Pinch red pepper flakes

1 cup tomato purée

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

Salt (about 2 teaspoons) and freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions:

1. Drain and rinse the beans then place in a sauce pan place beans and 1 Tbsp olive oil, 4-5 fresh sage leaves, 2 cloves garlic, crushed, 4 black peppercorns, ½ cup chicken broth. Bring to a gentle simmer

2. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over low  heat.Sweat one yellow onion on low until it becomes transparent. place sausage in pan and turn up heat to medium and brown the sausage (you can remove sausages from their casings ,if the sausage has come in casings for a dish that is a little more refined), and fry on the skillet until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Do not stir that much and do not crowd the pan, or the sausage won’t brown well. Add 3-4 Tbsp olive oil, garlic, tomato puree,and red pepper flakes, stirring occasionally until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

3.  Add the beans, chopped tomato, apple cider vinegar and spinach or arugula. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer a few minutes longer, stirring gently, until sausage is cooked through the greens wilt  and the sauce has thickened. Be careful not to break up the beans.

4. Serve hot in bowl.