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Cassoulet-Style Italian Sausage and White Beans

Posted by Denise on August 18, 2012

Italian sauage and white beans in green bowl
Comfort food at its finest, Cassoulet-Style Italian Sausage and White Beans is simple, savory, and filling without having to spend much time in the kitchen. Bonus!

We are always looking for delicious choices for work night dinners that do not require much preparation time or that can be prepped ahead. The simpler the better! I’m sure that you can relate. And, I love recipes for weeknight dinners that use ingredients I already have in the pantry or freezer.

If you don’t have all of the ingredients for this recipe, everything should be available at your local supermarket. How can you go wrong with Italian sausage, onions, garlic and white beans? So yummy and easy to throw together. The recipe, from Perfect One-Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson, calls for sweet Italian sausage, but I used both sweet and hot Italian sausage because we like it a little spicy. But feel free to use all of one or the other if you prefer.

Because I didn’t want the meat to ooze out of the casing by cutting the sausages before cooking, I cooked the sausages whole, then using a fork or tongs, fished them out and sliced them diagonally before serving. It only took a couple of minutes. This recipe is easily doubled if you are planning to feed a crowd of people.

Even with preparation time, this meal is cooked in about an hour. The kids’ practice runs long or the rest of your family isn’t home yet? No problem, turn the oven down to 200o F and cover the baking dish to keep it warm until needed. Leftovers can be reheated on the stovetop on low or microwaved for additional meals.

When your Cassoulet-Style Italian Sausage and White Beans is cooked, add a salad and supper is done. How great is that?



Cassoulet-Style Italian Sausage and

White Beans



 cassoulet style italian sausage and white beans ingredients


Makes 8 servings



pounds sweet Italian sausage links (we used part sweet, part hot Italian sausage)


pints cherry tomatoes or equivalent in larger tomatoes cut into chunks


medium-large onion, cut into 1½ “ chunks


large garlic cloves, minced


tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

tablespoons balsamic vinegar


teaspoons dried thyme


bay leaves


Salt and freshly ground black pepper


cans (about 16 ounces each) white beans, undrained





1.     Preheat oven to 425o F. Adjust an oven rack to the lowest level.


2.     In an heavy roasting pan, combine all of the ingredients except for the white beans. Place the pan in the oven and roast until the sausages are browned and the tomatoes have reduced and made a sauce, about 45 minutes.


cass style ital sausage with white beans onions  cass style italian sausage and white beans tomatoes


cass style ital sausage and white beans in pot


3.    Remove the pan from the oven temporarily and add the white beans, including the liquid, being careful to avoid getting burned on the hot pan or juices. Place the pan back in the oven to heat the beans completely, about 10 minutes. When heated, remove the pan from the oven, fish out the bay leaves and throw them away, and serve.



                    cass style ital sausage with white beans in pot

 cassoulet style italian sausage and white beans in white bowl



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