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Bronx Little Italy

Italian Sausage and Bean Casserole from Vincent’s Meat Market

Makes 4 Servings



  • 8 Italian sausages, 2 pounds’ total
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 8 ounces fresh, skinned tomatoes (or one 14-ounce can have chopped tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste
  • one 14-ounce can cannellini beans, drained


Preheat the broiler.

Make holes in the sausages using a fork. Cook the sausage under the broiler for about 10 to 12 minutes or until brown, turning once or twice. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened, but the onion and garlic should not be browned. Add the tomatoes to the pan and simmer while stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is slightly reduced and thickened. Stir the sun-dried tomato paste, cannellini beans, and Italian sausages into the mixture and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. If the mixture becomes too dry, add 4 to 5 tablespoons of water. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish and serve immediately.

** Tip**: Peter recommends serving this hearty dish with mashed potatoes or rice.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 580-203
Mt. Carmel Station
Bronx, NY 10458
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