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Italian sausage and white bean bake

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Serves 8. Prep time: 25 minutes. Total time: 1 hour. Servings
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pound italian sausage, cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
  • 3 pound leeks (white and light green parts), halved lengthwise and sliced into half-moons
  • 2 pound medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 2 cup (15-ounce) cans white beans, such as cannellini or great northern, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cup fresh coarse bread crumbs
  • Preparation

    Baking Directions:

    This baked casserole is especially satisfying, with its combination of beans, sausage, and crispy bread crumb topping.

    It’s also great for leftovers the next day.

    To prepare:Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

    Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.

    Add the sausages and cook until browned, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate and wipe out the pot.

    Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the same pot over medium-high heat.

    Add the leeks, carrots, and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until beginning to soften, 5 to 6 minutes.

    Add the wine and cook for 1 minute, then add the tomatoes and bring to a boil.

    Stir in the beans, parsley, salt, pepper, and the cooked sausage.

    Transfer to a 3-quart casserole dish.

    In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.

    Sprinkle over the bean mixture and bake until the top is golden brown and crispy and the bean mixture is bubbling, about 30 minutes.

    Cook’s tip: To make fresh bread crumbs, place torn pieces of day-old bread into the bowl of a food processor, and pulse a few times until coarse crumbs form.

    These are great on mac ’n’ cheese and other baked casseroles too.

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