Cannellini Beans and Italian Sausage Recipe -
Cannellini Beans and Italian Sausage Recipe
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Cannellini Beans and Italian Sausage

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"The great flavors and healthy qualities of this beloved Italian bean are made even more delicious with this Johnsonville recipe. The vegetables in this hearty dish make it healthy, the Johnsonville Italian Sausages, make it to die for"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    6 hrs 20 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 25 mins

    8 hrs 45 mins


  1. In a large bowl, pour the beans, add water to a level of 3 inches above beans and soak for 6 hours or overnight. Drain. Place beans in a soup kettle or Dutch oven; add 7 cups of water, 5 sage leaves and tomato. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1-1/2 hours or until beans are almost tender. Drain and reserve beans; discard liquid, sage and tomato.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, remaining sage, onions, carrots, celery, red pepper flakes and saute until tender. Add beans, crushed tomatoes, stock, salt and pepper. Cover, reduce heat to low, continue to cook for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, prepared sausages according to package directions. Drain. Cut sausage links into thirds. Just before serving, gently stir mascarpone cheese into beans. Spoon prepared beans into individual bowls and top with sausage pieces. Garnish with additional fresh sage. Serve.
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  • *1/3 cup cream cheese, cubed, may be substituted for mascarpone cheese.
  • To serve 4-5, prepare the same recipe with 1 package of Johnsonville Italian sausage.

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Jan 12, 2013

This was a great recipe! I made a couple of changes. First, I could not find dried cannelini beans in my grocery store, so I bought canned. This cut out a step, and cut out some time. Secondly, I added some white wine while it simmered, and thirdly, I completely left out the marscapone cheese, as I felt it tasted wonderful without it.

Jan 16, 2014

Everybody in my family loved it. The cream cheese and the chopped sage is really what brings everything together at the end.

Oct 27, 2013

I love anything with beans. And tomatoes. And sausage. This recipe has all of the above. Hearty, delicious comfort food. Sweet beans mixed with juicy tomatoes, savory spices, and delicious Johnsonville sausage. You can't go wrong with this recipe.

Nov 20, 2012

Fantastic! I used real spicy Italian sausage and couldn't stop eating until this was finito! I added extra chili powder to spice it up. My husband loved it too. Thanks!

Oct 14, 2014

Great comfort food. Easy, too. I subbed kale for the celery and added a bunch more carrot.

Sep 07, 2014

This was delicious! Be sure to have a loaf of really good bread to sop up the juices. Fantastic!

Aug 13, 2014

I came to AllRecipes looking to duplicate a dish I had in Italy, one of those memorably simple meals that satisfy every comfort food bone in your body. This is as close as I've found. The only real change is the beans. The beans I had in Italy were huge and meaty. I have no idea what they were, but I used dried Scarlett Runner beans, which gave me the type of bean I was looking for. Other than that, I made this recipe to a tee. (Well... I also threw in a couple of generous handfuls of arugula I had laying around at the end, but that's just me. Gotta have my greens!) Thank you so much for posting it, Johnsonville! Took me right back to that little trattoria in Treviso!

Jun 11, 2014

This was really really good. I did change a couple things but not anything drastic. I did use canned beans simply because I needed this to go faster. I cut bratwursts (thats what I had on hand) into thirds and fried then added to the bean mixture. I also served this over shell noodles just to make it a nice one dish meal.


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  • Calories
  • 640 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 115 mg
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 51.3 g
  • 79%
  • Fiber
  • 4.1 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 26.5 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 2071 mg
  • 83%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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