Sausage and Bean Casserole

  • 78jessica Posted: 03/21/10
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    Followed the recipe but my family and I did not enjoy it.

  • Michelleski Posted: 04/16/09
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    I liked the idea of this dish, but somehow it doesn't work. The texture is strange, and the smell was not good either. I ended up throwing the leftovers out. No more beans in my casseroles.

  • my3girls Posted: 09/14/10
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    This was a good casserole though I honestly improvised with what I had handy. first I used ground sausage and I used black beans and navy beans along with the beans that was called for (one can each), and used 1/2 can of green chilies instead of red pepper flakes. I also added a little corn starch to make the broth a little gravy-ish. I know I didn't follow this recipe exactly but it turned out pretty yummy!

  • martindredmond Posted: 10/02/09
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    I really enjoyed this. It came together pretty quickly. I substituted panko for the bread crumbs because they we available. I ended up broiling to brown the panko crumbs after 15 minutes in the oven. It came out beautifully. Will definitely make again!

  • ehighland Posted: 11/18/09
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    Great weeknight meal, but not worth of company or a special occasion. We were skeptical when we pulled it out of the oven, but it truly does have wonderful flavors. We used veggie sausage, and it tasted great. Next time we plan to use real bread.

  • RedChloe Posted: 03/13/09
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    Great cold weather meal. I make this with turkey bratwurst, removed from the skins and browned, and add 1/2 packet of ham concentrate to the broth. I use whole wheat bread cubes on top. Yummy and filling.

  • scargosun Posted: 01/10/10
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    I screwed up and added 2 cans broth so let it simmer on the stove and reduce before adding some corn starch and then baking. WOW! I hope the actual version is as good. :) I also used regular turkey sausage and took it out of the casing. Will definitely make many more times.

  • DanaLS Posted: 01/13/09
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    I skipped the red pepper and use whole grain bread instead of white bread. My husband loved it and my 7 year old did too. My 4 year old was so-so on it, but she never likes anything. I put it in a casserole dish before moving to oven, but I don't know that it made any difference. I didn't think it was too sweet, it had a nice flavor. It will definitely become a regular during the week.

  • oduamy Posted: 05/29/09
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    LOVED THIS! Very flavorful and very easy to make. I can't understand the posts that said this was bland?? I also think dried breadcrumbs would not work on this. You need the fresh bread! This is a keeper in our house....

  • skspillman Posted: 12/01/09
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    Tried this last night. I followed the recipe exactly except I doubled the sausage and used panko instead of fresh bread crumbs. Baked for about 25 minutes instead of 15 to brown the panko. My family found the flavor rather bland (although I added about a 1/2-teaspoon ground red pepper) and we hated the texture of the meal overall--the cannelinis made it sort of grainy. I did enjoy the cheesy mustard toasts suggested alongside in the Cooking Light cookbook I got the recipe from.

  • cookfromsocal Posted: 11/24/09
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    My store didn't have turkey sausage so used beef sausage. Used cannellini beans and Italian bread crumbs. I was wondering about the can of chicken broth turning the dish into something very soupy but it came out great. Wonderful flavor and so easy to put together. I don't think it is that great for a special occasion but wonderful for a weeknight meal. A definite repeat.

  • rayofhope Posted: 09/28/10
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    I thought this was a wonderful low cal, low fat easy recipe. my son loved it!!

  • allispeaks6 Posted: 03/23/09
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    The sauce was watery and very bland. I would not make this again.

  • rbgate Posted: 04/15/09
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    My husband and I loved this casserole! I had no problem with it being watery. It was very thick and the flavor was so good. I used whole wheat bread instead of white and before putting it all in the oven I transferred it to a baking pan. I think perhaps those of you who say this is too watery are using store-bought bread crumbs as opposed to making your own like the recipe states. The homemade bread crumbs will soak up the sauce unlike the cracker-like store bought bread crumbs. This is something I will make often and it is great as leftovers. I would make this for company as well!

  • kaiqbmommy Posted: 05/05/09
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    Had no trouble with this dish being watery, however I did simmer it for much longer... the dish was hearty, filling and delicious. I will definitely be making this again!!!

  • allisonx Posted: 05/12/09
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    I really like this, it's easy to make and has some great interesting flavors. I've used different meats and different beans and it always comes out fine. I like using regular pork sweet sausage and even chicken as well and its always good!

  • ChefAmandaLynn Posted: 11/21/10
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    This is an hearty warm weeknight meal. Not something I would serve company. I also thought this was a little watery, simmered an extra 10 mintues and that healped a little.

  • postie Posted: 12/21/10
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    This was delicious, but I made some changes. First, since I shop at Whole Foods, which doesn't carry Hillshire Farms brand, I used delicious (full-fat) organic spicy Italian sausage. Also, I added a fresh red pepper to the mix. My husband loved the flavors of this casserole, and it re-heated well for his late night dinner. Next time I make this, I would add more fresh bell peppers. Also, I would saute the bread crumbs in garlic, olive oil & butter to give them a little more crunch.

  • love2coooook Posted: 11/17/09
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    This was good, but definintely not great. Probably wouldn't serve to company but does make a decent weeknight meal. Next time will add more meat and less beans, as the beans dominated over the meat and will probably try adding a can of diced green chilies. Served with a simple green salad.

  • Jazzy1 Posted: 08/31/10
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    I followed the recipe and found it pretty tasteless. It actually made me feel sick to the stomach. Will not make this again.

  • Lynnijo Posted: 02/01/11
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    Don't let the 3 stars fool you. This is an easy,tasty dish. I made just a few changes. Extra garlic,fresh Italian turkey sausage,sage instead of thyme and only 2 cans of beans. Makes 4 generous servings. Did not use red pepper,as I cook for a family with young kids. I threw in a good splash of wine and let it simmer for 1/2 hour before putting in a casserole dish. I would serve this at a casual dinner party.

  • Bridgetolla Posted: 01/03/11
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    this was good but not outstanding - not a company worthy dish. I followed the recipe to the letter with the exception of simmering a little longer due to some reviews that it came out to watery. It had the perfect consistancy however I would have liked more sausage and would be interested in another reviewer's suggestion of adding kidney beans and garbanzo beans??

  • LisaPB Posted: 02/23/11
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    Not well received. In the words of my 19-year old, "A good meal for your dog."

  • Sclaro Posted: 06/03/11
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    Miami, FL

    The flavors in this recipe were great! Unfortunately, it came out waaaay too watery to be considered a casserole. I used beef sausage and garbanzos instead and everyone really loved it. I would try it again, simmering the mixture for longer before putting it in the oven.

  • Andreadk Posted: 05/10/11
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    I love this dish for an everyday family meal. I wouldn't make it for company but for what it is: a simple, tasty, nutritious meal, it's great. I cook a lot; it's a passion of mine. My kids are picky eaters and they like this dish. They don't love it but they like it enough and will eat it. That's all I can ask for! They have grown up eating beans so they're used to them which I know is not the case for most kids. My husband says this is one of his favorites.

  • JessieSalem0423 Posted: 05/11/11
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    Very easy and delicious. We loved it.

  • LauraMcGhghy Posted: 09/25/11
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    I make this for my husband when I'm traveling out of town. I typically make as directed, but freeze before the baking step so he can defrost and bake when ready to eat. It is not the most exciting recipe, but its simplicity makes it a five star for me.

  • imjustpeachy Posted: 09/14/11
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    We loved this. I expected the kids to balk at the thyme but I guess the tomato paste balanced it out and they loved it. The only things I did different was to replace the bread crumb topping with some low-fat shredded mozzarella and I omitted the red pepper. It was so filling and is a new favorite. :)

  • StenoKatie Posted: 12/06/11
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    This recipe was a hit with everyone in the fam! I made some changes: I used 1 can each of white beans, garbanzo, and kidney to add color and texture. I also serve mine over couscous in a bowl. This is go-to comfort food! I also prefer the sweet turkey sausage to the hot, but it's up to your own taste. I've tried this with regular sausage and it works really well, too.

  • counter Posted: 02/09/12
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    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.

  • stacylynn Posted: 01/27/12
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    I gave this a 4 even though I wouldn't serve it to guests just because it tasted so good! I was expecting something akin to the "Beanie-Weenies" I remember as a kid, but this was so much better. I simmered the beans longer than called for, then removed the lid & simmered for another 15 minutes. This thickened them up nicely for a quick brown in the oven. I did want the topping to be crunchier, so I may toss it with a little butter next time. My picky 10 year old devoured it, so it will definitely be in the "do again" stack, especially when I really don't want to go to the store :) One additional note, I used Butterball's smoked turkey sausage (lower sodium than Hillshire) which only has 14 oz in a package, but by slicing it thin the dish didn't seem to lack for meat.

  • Jamiekn Posted: 01/29/12
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    My family loved it. Great flavors! I added a can of red beans (and also used the 3 cans of white beans). I put cheese on top of the bread crumbs. Totally delicious.

  • jessc4343 Posted: 03/09/12
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    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.

  • intermedcook Posted: 03/17/13
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    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.

  • JohnRice Posted: 08/28/13
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    I rate it good. It is a meal I can use when I have to do somethig quick for friends. With a Salad and some bread, it is a filling and satisfying meal.

  • JayneBoccuzzi Posted: 08/01/13
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    Family loved this.

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