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Sausage and Bean Casserole


This is not your basic pork and beans but a quick version of a classic French dish.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, October 2005


  • 12 slices white sandwich bread
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 packages (1 pound each) smoked Polish sausage, halved lengthwise, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cans (14.5 ounces each) Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained


  1. In a food processor, pulse bread until large crumbs form (you should have about 6 cups); season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a 6-quart heavy-bottom saucepan, cook sausage, onions, and garlic, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent and sausage is starting to brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Add tomato paste, broth, wine, thyme, and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; add beans. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened but still soupy, about 10 minutes.

  4. Stir in 2 cups of the breadcrumbs. Divide sausage mixture between two 3-quart shallow baking dishes or eight 10-ounce ramekins. Top with remaining breadcrumbs.

  5. Bake, on a baking sheet, until topping is golden, 30 minutes.

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  • Maya HU
    25 MAY, 2014
    This recipe is HORRIBLE for you!!! A single serving is 600+ calories (and that is not even including the breadcrumb topping) and around 1300-1500 grams of sodium (which is almost an entire day's worth. Also it tastes like ketchup and hotdogs.
  • MrsMacBee
    16 FEB, 2014
    Way too much garlic, it overpowers everything else one or maybe 2 is enough. Try with part polish sausage and part chicken sausage, add some assorted vegetables, bread crumbs just on the top otherwise they get mushy and soggy, a sprinkle of cheese on top is nice.
  • Emily Dinner
    16 SEP, 2012
    This recipe was one of the worst I have made. It tasted like eating hot dog soup with ketchup. If you are going to try it I recommend adding in some vegetables and going a little light on the tomato paste.
  • hollyallegra
    19 AUG, 2012
    When you freeze this casserole, does the baking time/temp change?
  • eltugger
    30 SEP, 2010
    Very good flavors in a simple and economic dish. My one complaint is too much bread. Will make again with about half of the bread.
  • fsamperi
    28 JAN, 2009
    I love all the garlic.
  • Nelladrace
    13 DEC, 2008
    This makes wonderful soup! Leave out the bread crumbs. Add more broth. I halved the recipe for my husband and me. It's great for a cold night.
  • sogden
    24 NOV, 2008
    Made this for me and my fiance for dinner last night and we both loved it! I cut the recipe in half, since it looked like it made so much - glad I did that for the two of us. Made a green salad to go with it - super simple, yummy fall dinner.
  • fannybrice
    14 NOV, 2008
    A lot of work for franks and beans. Even my husband who'll eat pretty much anything didn't like it. Not worth it.
  • NorbieK
    6 NOV, 2008