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Italian Baked Beans

 Italian Baked Beans
Even people who aren't wild about baked beans enjoy this dish - it puts a new twist on an old summertime favorite. I received the recipe from my brother-in-law and use it often for gatherings. If I have lots of time, I cook the beans on low in a slow cooker - easy and delicious!
12-14 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cans (16 ounces each) pork and beans
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, cook the pepperoni, green pepper and onion in butter
  • until vegetables are tender. Stir in tomato paste, mushrooms,
  • seasonings and beans; mix well. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover
  • and bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 130 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 496 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.