Cannellini Beans & Sausage

This is one of those great dishes you can slave over all day long or simply toss into a crock pot and let it cook while you slave away at work all day.  This turns out to a thick chowder consistency and is absolutely wonderful on a cold day.  If you can’t find cannellini beans at your local store you can easily substitute with northern white beans.

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3 cups dried cannellini beans, rinsed

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup pesto

6 oz. pureed tomatoes

1 – 2 pounds Italian sausage links

5 Tablespoons salted butter

2 – 3 cloves garlic, pressed


  • In a large heavy pot over low heat (or in a crock pot set to low) add olive oil and salt.
  • Add in dried beans and 5 cups of water.
  • Cook until beans are tender.  Over stove this is 2 – 3 hours, in crock pot 4 – 5 hours.
  • Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Slice to 1/2 inch thickness and return to skillet, browning on each side.
  • Add in garlic and cook for five minutes over medium heat.
  • Add sausages to beans, increase heat to medium and cover.
  • Blend tomatoes with pesto.
  • Drain beans thoroughly and add butter.
  • Blend in pesto and serve.

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