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Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip Recipe
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Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip Recipe

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This is a spin-off of a Mexican dip I had once. The original was wicked good, but I was going through an I’m-so-over-Mexican-dip phase and decided to switch it up. Take it to a party—I'll bet you no one else will bring anything like it! —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Assorted crackers or toasted French bread baguette slices

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without crackers) equals 200 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 434 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain. Stir in wine, oregano, salt and thyme. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated.
  2. Add cream cheese; stir until melted. Stir in spinach, beans and tomatoes; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Transfer to a greased 8-in.-square or 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cheeses.
  3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with crackers. Yield: 16 servings (1/4 cup each).
Originally published as Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip in Taste of Home December 2013

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup (calculated without crackers) equals 200 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 434 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"One of my best appetizers! Make it at least 5 times a year. I use 3 different kinds of sausage. I like chicken sausage better so I use a spicy chicken and a sweet Apple chicken and just a bit of the spicy Italian sausage."

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2015

"This is a wonderful Dip that's Not just a Dip. This would be make a great filling for a Lasagna.

My entire family really enjoyed this recipe.

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2015

"Wonderful! I come from a long line of dippers and this is the best dip I have made yet!"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"I made this for a couple of Christmas functions and it was a hit at both! Everyone wanted the recipe. I used regular Italian sausage and chicken broth. One thing I did the second time was to steam down the spinach before I added it to the dip and it was much easier to incorporate that way."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"This was a great dip. I made it for our annual holiday party and it was the first thing to go and almost everyone asked for the recipe. I followed the recipe exactly except I added more garlic than it called for. I don't really think it needed any other adjustments. I will definitely be making this again since I only got a small taste and loved it and wanted more, but it was more important that my guests enjoyed it."

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