I can not count the number of times I've made this recipe. It's a favorite in our house. Comes out always tasting delicious.
Cannellini Bean and Sausage Gratin
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings
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Other: 30 Minutes
Amount per serving
- Calcium: 232mg
- Calories: 495
- Calories from fat: 42%
- Carbohydrate: 47g
- Cholesterol: 31mg
- Fat: 23g
- Fiber: 10g
- Iron: 6mg
- Protein: 25mg
- Saturated fat: 7g
- Sodium: 896mg
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 sweet Italian sausages (about 1 pound), casings removed
- 1 small bulb fennel, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped (½ cup)
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chopped sage
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat an 8-by-10-inch baking or gratin dish with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, crumble the sausages and cook, breaking up, until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the sausage from skillet and set aside. Add the fennel and onion to skillet and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sage and cook 1 minute more. Add the Swiss chard, a handful at a time, stirring until slightly wilted. Stir in the broth, beans, sausage, salt, and pepper. Spoon the mixture into the baking dish and set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the bread crumbs and Parmesan with the remaining olive oil. Sprinkle the bread-crumb mixture on top and bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.
Tip: The same amount of smoked sausage may be substituted for the Italian sausage in this recipe: Slice it into rounds and chop coarsely. Great Northern beans can be substituted for the cannellini beans.
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