Zesty Sausage & Beans Recipe
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Zesty Sausage & Beans Recipe

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Our taste panel raved about this hearty and delicious dish, proclaiming it “classic man food.” Packed with sausage, beans and bacon, it’s guaranteed to satisfy the heftiest appetites at your table. —Melissa Just, Minneapolis
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Johnsonville® Polish Kielbasa Sausage or Polish sausage, halved and sliced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) thick and zesty tomato sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup sausage mixture (calculated without rice) equals 439 calories, 26 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 1,505 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 20 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, brown the sausage. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker; add the beans, tomato sauce, green pepper, onion, bacon, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, thyme, marjoram and cayenne. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Serve with rice. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Sausage & Beans in Simple & Delicious October/November 2010, p63

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup sausage mixture (calculated without rice) equals 439 calories, 26 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 1,505 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 20 g protein.

Reviews for Zesty Sausage & Beans

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"We all liked it quite well! I never find this "zesty" tomato sauce so I make my own with an 8oz can of tomato sauce, a 6oz can of tomato paste, and water if needed, plus 2 teaspoons of Creole seasoning. I tried 3 this time and it was too spicy for some. Used two 12-oz Polska kielbasa sausages. I browned the sausage in the bacon grease."

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Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"I loved this dish (only used 1 lb of sausage). It's one that tastes even better the second day."

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Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Very hearty! I substituted leftover Easter ham for one of the sausages & used only 1 tablespoon cider vinegar instead of 2 as I don't care for the taste of it. Very good recipe, but it does take some time to make it. Oh, and I also used the Rotel Zesty Tomato & Green Chili sauce. Next time, I will probably use regular tomato sauce for a milder taste."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"In Feb. before getting answers to what thick and zesty tomato sauce to use for this recipe I decided to use Rotel Zesty Tomato & Green Chili Sauce (Mild). The taste was outstanding! My husband says that recipe is a keeper! I do plan to try the spaghetti sauce and the Contadina tomato sauce. Thanks so much."

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Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"I love this recipe the slow cooked smoked sausage with everything tastes delicious with rice. Tastes even better the next day."

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