Italian Specialty Sausage and Beans

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Italian sausage and beans

Here’s a quick mid week meal that comes together really fast, it has just a few ingredients, uses only one pot, and you don’t even have to turn on your oven.

What makes this recipe stand out a little more than the traditional sausage and beans was the fact that this time I used a specialty sausage, you know the ones behind the case that the butchers stuff with unique combinations.Italian sausage and beans

The base was a standard pork Italian sausage that was stuffed and filled with hot giardiniera and provolone cheese, don’t get me wrong you can certainly use your favorite Italian sausage, with or without a specialty filling, but why not change it up a bit and try something a little different, there are so many different varieties of sausages.


You’ll use canned beans in this dish which is the reason the cooking process is so speedy and of course the beans of choice are cannellini. garlic and tomatoes

Browning the sausage is your first step, that process will leave you with nice brown bits that will form at the bottom of the pan, perfect to saute the garlic and tomatoes in and eventually creating a delicious sauce. Italian sausage and beans

Canned beans go into the pot along with the browned sausage, then all you have to do is let all the flavors simmer and meld together.Italian sausage and beans

Finish it off with some fresh torn basil and a side of crusty bread and this meal is complete!

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Italian Specialty Sausage and Beans
This recipe was inspired by an episode I watched on Extra Virgin
  • 4-6 Italian sausage links, either traditional or to try something different using the specialty, gourmet kind that the butcher stuffs with various combinations of ingredients.
  • 1 lb. of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 15 oz. cans of cannellini beans that have been drained and rinsed
  • 4 large garlic cloves, shaved
  • basil leaves
  • olive oil
  1. Heat a heavy bottom high sided saute pan, cast iron pan or a smaller size dutch oven, drizzle the bottom with olive oil.
  2. Place the sausage links into the hot pan and brown both sides, then remove and set aside.
  3. Add the shaved garlic, moving it around until it's nice and golden.
  4. Toss in the sliced cherry tomatoes along with the shaved garlic, toss to coat the tomatoes.
  5. Now add the drained beans to the pot, stirring to make sure they get coated with the garlic and tomatoes.
  6. Drizzle some olive oil on top, a little salt and pepper.
  7. Add back the sausage and nestle them into the pot.
  8. Throw some torn basil leaves in.
  9. Simmer with a lid on until the sausage is all cooked through and the tomatoes break down and thicken.
  10. Add fresh torn basil leaves for garnish and added flavor.
  11. Enjoy with some crusty bread!


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  1. I made this this last night. What a great, easy dish. The only thing I did differently was add some blanched broccoli rabe a few minutes before serving to warm it through.

  2. Marie, I am a bit behind on my reading but how timely – this is it for the big game day next week! Good crusty bread as you suggested and a large salad – you are set!

  3. This looks nice and hearty, Marie

  4. Add a duck leg or chicken thigh, and you have cassoulet!

    I only buy Italian sausage from my local butcher……it has broccoli rabe and Parm in it….I LOVE IT. I keep a large stash in my freezer so I don’t have to go to his mother’s house in the winter months to buy it! (he sells at my local farmer’s market only).

    Thanks for the idea….will make this soon.

  5. As someone already said – my kind of meal, and perfect for a winter day. I’ve never seen sausage stuffed with giardiniera. It must be delicious..

  6. Carol Szafalowicz says

    Thank you Marie, this dish is right up my alley……….making this either tonight or tomorrow!
    It has everything I love and looks so Delicious. Some crusty bread, a salad, glass …or three of wine,
    wow, can’t wait to try this one.

  7. Winter personified in food! Just what the doctor ordered for a chilly evening.

  8. Your sausage and beans sound delicious…my kind of meal.

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