It’s hard to believe that the summer is behind us and the school year is off to a good start. As the weather becomes cooler our thoughts often turn to comfort foods. This skillet beans and sausage is easy to make and warming on a cold autumn evening. This meal is wonderful with a loaf of crusty bread and a salad.

Skillet Beans and Sausage

Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
12 ounces of turkey kielbasa sausage, cut into ½ inch slices
Two 15oz cans cannellini beans, drained
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
½ cup white wine (could also use chicken broth)
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Put the olive oil, the chopped garlic, and chopped onion in a large sauté pan. Cook the mixture, stirring often, over medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until the onion is soft and just begins to turn brown. Add the sliced sausage, the drained beans, the brown sugar, wine and vinegar to the skillet. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes, stirring often. Sprinkle the parsley on top and serve. You could make this dinner ahead of time and just reheat before serving. Serves 4-6 depending on the size of the servings.

There is something about the creaminess of these beans and sausage that make it such a comforting meal. We are going to be enjoying this a few times this coming winter.

We have several meals that we enjoy using various kinds of beans. Usually I will can my own dried beans just to make sure I always have some on hand. Having canned beans on hand is so convenient. Do you cook with dried beans? What are your favorite recipes?

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