Cannellini Beans and Italian Sausage Recipe -
Cannellini Beans and Italian Sausage Recipe
  • READY IN ABOUT 9 hrs

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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  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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  • PREP 6 hrs 20 mins
  • COOK 2 hrs 25 mins
  • READY IN 8 hrs 45 mins


  • *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 16, 2014

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

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.


9 Ratings

Jan 27, 2014

I loved this! Thank you for sharing!

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.

Oct 23, 2013

Very good! We loved the combination of sausage with the beans. I used canned cannellini beans since I always have them in the pantry and couldn't find dried. Next time, I'll add some more herbs for flavor (more sage & thyme), but this is a keeper. Thanks!

Jun 27, 2013

Husband pleaser! It's quick to make with canned beans, and works as a great base for extra spices like oregano. Grilled sausage is a must! We'll definitely make it again.

Mar 28, 2013

Great! I used canned Cannelini beans and kept everything else the same. Turned out great! The sausage cooks easily and the flavor perks up the beans! Mascarpone cheese adds a nice touch. Will definitely make again and again.

Mar 27, 2013

I was a little worried that the dish would be too soupy, so I cooked it hard for longer than indicated, but the addition of the cheese seemed to thicken it up, and it turned out very well.


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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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