Sausage Bean Casserole

This recipe has comfort food written all over it.  It’s hearty, and warm and cozy.  We found it in the October 2009 issue of Real Simple and I loved it from my first taste.  I’ve noticed that all Real Simple recipes serve four and that a quarter of a dish is quite a lot!  So, I’ve started eating half a serving and I find it quite filling!
Sausage Bean Casserole
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lbs Italian sausage
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 2 chopped cloves of garlic
  • 2 bunches of shredded spinach
  • 2 x 15.5 oz cans of cannellini beans
  • salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400
Heat 1 T oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat.  Chop the sausage into bite sized pieces and brown in the skillet for about 5-6 minutes.  Remove the sausage from the pan

Add carrots and garlic to the skillet and cook for a minute.  Then add the spinach and cook for about a minute or until it is wilted.  Then add the beans and a half cup water, the quarter teaspoon of salt and pepper.  Bring this mixture to a boil and then add back the sausage.

Move the skillet into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden.
Nutritionals (Serves 8): Cals: 255, Fat: 15, Protein: 13, Carb:18, Fiber: 5.