Simple and satisfying, this hearty sausage and bean casserole is fast enough to prepare on a busy evening.
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1 (16-ounce) package light smoked turkey sausage (such as Hillshire Farm), cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 (16-ounce) cans cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
1 bay leaf
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
3 (1-ounce) slices white bread
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and turkey sausage to pan; sauté for 5 minutes or until browned. Add garlic, and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in 2 tablespoons brown sugar, tomato paste, dried thyme, freshly ground black pepper, cannellini beans, and bay leaf. Add ground red pepper, if desired. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1 1/2 cups.
Sprinkle breadcrumbs evenly over bean mixture, and lightly coat with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until browned. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with parsley.
this was easy peasy. I used spicy Italian turkey sausage. about a tsp of brown sugar, added some zucchini, and skipped the bread crumb step. Was nice and tasty and filling. Will definitely make this again and again.
The boyfriend and I really enjoyed this meal! Like others, I changed a few things, though: 2 cans cannelini & 1 can black beans, sage for thyme, 15 minute simmer instead of 5, and added a can of low-sodium corn. I also nixed the red pepper flakes and added them to my serving but next time I won't skip them; it was a great addition! I really like the potential for versatility - different flavored sausage, peppers, spices, etc. Only thing that would have made this better was if I'd made cornbread for the side! It's an easy, inexpensive, and quick meal that I recommend.
I made one-half of this recipe using regular Italian sausage and a few more beans than called for and was very disappointed with the tasteless results. May have been better if I had added some Italian spices but I did not try that. Would not make again.