We've had a couple of really cool, breezy and showery days this past week and that has called for some belly warming meals. This is one of my favourites. It's simple and quick to make (like, like) and quite delicious. It's like a thick bean stew, but filled with fabulous flavours that really please!
First you get an earthy smokiness from the use of smoked sausage . . . which goes so very well with beans . . . and lots of garlic. Mmmm . . .
It uses tinned cannellini beans which I always have in my cupboard. A variety of beans are a great storecupboard ingredient. There is no end to what you can do with them!
Additional flavours are added with the use of some white wine (if you con't have that you could simply use some chicken or vegetable stock) and balsamic vinegar. A touch of brown sugar takes away a bit from any sharpness you might get from the vinegar . . .
I like to add some halved cherry tomatoes which help to thicken the gravy and make it truly "crusty" bread soppin' good! ( I remove the skins because I don't like the texture.) It is done in less than half an hour and I guarantee everyone will be licking their chops! I chose to serve it in some small individually sized skillets I have, but it is equally as tasty in shallow bowls.
*Skillet Beans and Sausage*Serves 4 to 6 depending on appetites
1 small punnet of cherry tomatoes, halved or quarterd, depending on size (about 1 cup)1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley