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.
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
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
200oF 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?
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 “
large garlic cloves,
tablespoons extra-virgin olive
teaspoons dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black
cans (about 16 ounces each) white beans,
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.
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.