winter beans and sausages

back in september i posted a recipe for summer shell beans and sausages, which i encourage you to make as soon as summer shell beans are in season again. this dish is the winter counterpart to that. the beans are canned (as most winter food items are) and it’s packed with winter herbs and a thick tomato sauce that can be sopped up with warm crusty bread. i’ve served this to friends and it is always a hit, but it’s great to have on the back burner on lazy sunday afternoons, simmering away and filling the house with the smells of winter.

winter beans and sausages

  • 4-6 cooked sausages (we use aidell sausages, which happen to be gluten free)
  • two 14 oz. cans cannellini  beans, rinsed and drained
  • one 28 oz. can san marzano tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • one sprig rosemary, leaves picked and minced
  • one sprig thyme, leaves picked and minced
  • handful parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil

heat 2 tablespoons olive oil a large heavy pot over medium high. add the sausages, and turn to brown them.

once browned, add the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds until it is fragrant. then, add the beans and herbs and stir through for a minute to allow the flavors to combine.

toss in the tomatoes in their juices, breaking them up with your hands or the back of a spoon. salt and pepper to taste and then lower the heat to the lowest setting and let it simmer for about 30 minutes to an hour. the longer it cooks the more concentrated the flavors will be, i suggest adding some water, stock, or white wine if you intend to cook longer than 30 minutes, as it will likely become dry. serve with a big loaf of crusty bread. enjoy!

notes: you can alter the herbs (sage would be nice in this) to reflect what you have on hand. also, you can use raw sausage and cook it in the pan with the sauce, this would make for a more complex sauce flavor…the cooked sausages are just a time saver. fritz enjoyed this a lot, he’s a big fan of sausages and beans. also, as long as the sausages you select are gluten free, this dish will be as well. no bread though, sorry.

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