Beans and Franks Tuscan Style


1 pound turkey Italian sausage
1/4 cup water
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 red or white onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1-2 Tablespoons oil
1 15-ounce can Light Red Kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 15-ounce can Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes with liquid
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/2-1 teaspoon thyme or sage



Cook sausage in covered skillet over medium heat with water until cooked through. Watch carefully so skin doesn’t burn.
Cool and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Peel skin off with a knife and fork if it is tough. Clean and slice peppers and onion to make approximately 3 cups. Heat large covered skillet, add oil then vegetables and garlic. Saute over medium heat until tender. Add sausage, beans, and remaining ingredients to skillet and simmer for 10 minutes until flavors are blended. OR pour ingredients into a covered 2-quart casserole. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes; uncover and bake to desired thickness, about 1 hour. Serve hot with salad and garlic bread.


YIELD: 6 1-cup servings

NUTRIENT INFORMATION PER SERVING: Nutrition Information per 1 cup serving: 300 calories, 34g carbohydrate, 22g protein, 10g fat, 28% calories from fat, 38 mg cholesterol, 106 mcg folate, 10g fiber, 969 mg sodium, 529 mg potassium, 116mg calciu

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