Italian Sausage and Bean Casserole is a wonderful, hearty and comforting one pan stew that your family will enjoy over and over. This truly is a 30 minute stove-top casserole meal, just add the crusty bread for mopping.
Busy weeknights are back, as it’s back to school season. This is a stovetop casserole (or cassoulet if you’re in France) that you can cook ahead and reheats so easily and it comes with my guarantee that your family will love it. It also makes even better leftovers.
Sweet Italian sausages are so good on their own, as a topping on pizza, served simply in a bun with peppers and onions and even better when cooked with cannellini beans in a tomato and rosemary sauce.
The sauce has a little or as much spice that you want to add from red pepper flakes. This is offset by using sweet sausage. You can also use spicy Italian sausage to kick up the spice a little more, just be mindful of the sauce spice.
Chefs tip: Because there are delicious spices in the sausages, I like to cook them first in the same pan which gives extra flavor to the sauce.
Canned beans hold up very well in this dish because they are added to the sauce at the end so there is no need for any long cooking times.
There is wine in this recipe, but it can be omitted if you’re serving to children, just replace with chicken stock.
Italian Sausage and Bean Casserole in the Slow Cooker
This dish would be perfect to make in the slow cooker. You will need to use dried beans as canned will fall apart and they will need to be soaked overnight before cooking. Brown the sausage as in step 1, then put everything into the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours.
30 ounces (878 grams) canned cannellini/white kidney beans (or dried if making in the slow cooker)
To make on the stovetop:
To a braising pan or high-sided skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Brown the sausages about 3 minutes per side until brown (they don't have to be cooked through) remove from the pan.
To the same pan, add the onions (add more oil if needed) and cook until they start to soften. Add garlic and rosemary, stir and cook for 1 minute do not allow to brown. Add the tomato paste and red pepper flakes stir to combine. Add the wine and stir well, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes until the tomatoes break down and get saucy.
Add the beans and stir to mix well. Nestle the sausages into the beans and simmer for a further 10 minutes, covered.
To make in the slow cooker:
Soak dried beans overnight in water. Brown the sausage as in step 1, then put everything into the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours.
You will need to use dried beans as canned will fall apart and they will need to be soaked overnight before cooking. Brown the sausage as in step 1, then put everything into the slow cooker, cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours.
9 Comments on “Italian Sausage and Bean Casserole”
What a lovey Sunday supper. We used spicy and sweet and it is a delicious combination. It has already been requested by the family to make it again 🙂
Aww thank you for sharing this. It’s one of my favorites too
This was really good. My two young children and husband happily gobbled large bowls of this right up. Per my youngest daughter I added mushrooms (she loves them!), and it was a nice textural addition. I sautéed them right after I took the sausage out, and added the onions to the pan once they released a bit of water and slightly browned. This is a keeper!
It’s always nice to get the approval of children as they can be the toughest critics. I love the idea of adding mushrooms, I need to try that next time. Thank you for sharing.
This is bubbling away right now with a couple changes. I cheated and tinned canned beans and used cherry tomatoes. I just tasted the sauce and it s so good.
It’s OK to cheat. I hope you enjoyed it 🙂
This was a delicious, comforting dinner last night on a cold nigh. I use canned beans instead of dried and made the sauce spicier. Will make this again.
I happy that it turned out great for you. Thank you for leaving the great feedback.
Now this is some serious comfort food – perfect for a cooler day like today! Pinned of course 🙂