Monday, November 29, 2010

Sausage and Cannellini Bean Chili

I was coming down with a cold after Thanksgiving week.  I needed a hot lunch to help me get through Saturday at home alone with my 3 kids.  We had been eating leftover ham and macaroni cheese for 2 days straight.  It was time for a warm and comforting one pot meal.  I looked in the pantry, and I looked in the fridge.  The only protein I had thawed out was some Jimmy Dean ground Italian sausage.  I bought an extra one when I was doing our Thanksgiving shopping because I saw Aaron McCargo from Big Daddy's Kitchen make these Gravy and sausage-stuffed stuffing that I wanted to try.  Maybe I will try them another time!

I decided to make a sausage and cannellini bean chili using a red sauce base instead of a chicken stock base.  I just used what I had on hand and that I know my kids will enjoy too.  So this is what I came up with.


16 oz package ground Italian sausage
1 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 button mushrooms, sliced (or more!)
29 oz can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
2 - cans Bush's Cannellini beans (my favorite brand of beans), drained and rinsed
1 T chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp Mexican oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
dash cayenne pepper or pinch of red pepper flakes
kosher salt to taste
black pepper to taste
shredded cheese - for topping

In a large soup pot, brown sausage.  Add onions and mushrooms and cooked until onions are translucent.  Add garlic and cook another minute.  Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Cannellini beans, and spices.  Stir well, bring to a boil, and lower heat to medium low.  Simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until sauce has reduced and thickened.  Serve up in big soup bowls and top with shredded cheese.  This is great with some corn bread or crackers on the side.  Enjoy!

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  1. A big ole bowl of this sounds awesome right about now!

  2. That chili would certainly hit the spot on a cold winters day!

  3. It's cold and rainy here today... this chili looks so good!

  4. I love this I make a very similar soup...minus the chili spices.


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