This bean and sausage casserole is an easy meal that satisfies your meat and potatoes eater at the table. A juicy pork sausage is the perfect base for a meal that has a deliciously rich tomato sauce. Add in fresh herbs and beans then serve with a side of rice or your favorite crusty bread for a complete meal.
Bean and Sausage Casserole
If you want to serve up a meal that is satisfying yet super easy to make, this is the one for you. Sausage is always a hit in my house, and adding in beans and a rich sauce make it even better. Being able to make this meal in just 30 minutes makes it a favorite for weeknight meals.
I use two pans for this but you can do it all in one skillet if you prefer. The way you prepare this isn't as important as the flavors added to the dish. You will love how rich this is and see your family asking for it over and over again.
What Type of Sausages Should I Use?
This is best when made with a pork sausage. Bratwurst is a good option for the recipe, or a good quality sausage from your local butcher. For best results, you want a slightly fatty sausage so the flavor renders off in cooking and is there to help with sauteing the vegetables and adding richness to your sauce.
If you prefer a healthier option, you can use a turkey or chicken sausage for this recipe. When using a lean sausage, you will need to add a bit of oil to the pan to cook them. You may also prefer to cook the bacon first, then use the bacon grease for cooking the sausage and onions.
How do I Know My Pork Sausage is Done Cooking?
For this recipe, you'll have no concerns about the pork being cooked through as it will be simmering for a significant time so it will be cooked through. If you are still worried, you can always check with a meat thermometer. Pork sausage needs to be at least 160°F for safety.
Do I Have to Add Wine to The Recipe?
No, wine is not at all necessary for this dish. My family doesn't drink alcohol, but occasionally cooks with it. That said, I've made this without wine and still had a deliciously flavorful sauce. Adding wine is truly a personal preference and isn't a necessary part of the recipe.
What Should I Serve with This Skillet?
Since this recipe is higher in oils and fats, you'll want to serve with something a bit lighter. I like to serve this over rice or with a side of potatoes. You may even like to use homemade egg noodles to serve this over.
Of course, I always add a nice fresh vegetable with a meal like this. You can serve with roasted or steamed vegetables or even a nice garden salad. You want to always have something balanced to go with such a rich dish.
I also love having a nice crusty bread to dip in the sauce. This homemade French bread recipe is a perfect addition to any meal, but especially for this dish.
- Olive oil
- Pork sausages
- Smoked paprika
- Red pepper flakes
- Diced tomatoes
- Tomato paste
- Worcestershire sauce
- brown sugar
- Bay leaves
- Rosemary sprigs
- White wine
- Great Northern beans
- Black pepper
For Serving: Crusty bread
How to Make a Bean and Sausage Casserole
In a large non-stick skillet, fry the sausages over medium high heat turning every 2-3 minutes until browned on all sides and the fat has rendered down, about 10 minutes. The sausages do not have to be cooked through, simply browned.
Remove the sausages and set them aside on a paper lined plate to drain.
Add the chopped bacon to the pan and fry until just crisp and then add to the plate with the sausages.
Into the skillet, add the onions and cook for 4-5 minutes stirring often until they are softened and beginning to brown.
Add in the garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes along with the onions stirring frequently.
To the onions and garlic, add the paprika and red pepper flakes, stir and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Pour in the tomatoes, broth, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and dried herbs and stir to combine.
If using wine, add the wine at this point and bring to a simmer. For those who prefer to leave the wine out, add water in place of the wine.
In a separate skillet, add the sausages and bacon, then pour the tomato mixture over the top and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Add in the bay leaves and rosemary, then cover the pan and simmer on low for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Stir the beans into the mixture and cook for an additional 5 minutes to heat through stirring occasionally and until the sauce has thickened some.
Season with salt and pepper to taste then serve with rice, potatoes, or crusty bread.
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- 2 lb pork sausages (8-12 depending upon size)
- 1 lb bacon, chopped
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 10 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp dried parsley
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 sprigs rosemary
- ½ cup red wine
- 1 15 oz can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Rice, potatoes, or crusty bread
- Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat and then add your sausages and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until browned and the fat has rendered down (about 10 minutes), the sausage will not be cooked through;
- Remove the sausages and set them aside on a paper lined plate to drain;
- Add the chopped bacon to the hot skillet and fry until crisp and then remove to drain with the sausages;
- Into the skillet, add the sliced onions and cook for 4-5 minutes;
- Add in the garlic, paprika, and red pepper flakes, then stir and cook for an additional 1 minute;
- Pour in the tomatoes, broth, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and dried herbs and then stir to combine;
- Add the wine to the mixture and bring to a simmer;
- In a separate skillet, add the sausages and bacon then pour the tomato mixture over the top and bring to a simmer over medium heat;
- Once simmering, add the bay leaves and rosemary and then cover and reduce heat to low;
- Simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally;
- Stir in the beans and cook for an additional 5 minutes to heat through;
- Season with salt and pepper to taste then serve with rice, potatoes, or crusty bread.
If you prefer to use turkey or chicken sausage, you can substitute but may need to use additional oil for frying as they are leaner cuts of meat.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 800Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 2227mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 47g