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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, January 21, 2004

An Italian favorite without slow cooking

Associated Press

Smoky sausage and beans is an easy recipe that has plenty of flavor, but not a lot of fat — only about nine grams per serving.

Associated Press

This easy recipe for smoked turkey sausage and beans has plenty of flavor, but not a lot of fat — about nine grams per serving.

The dish would be nicely complemented by polenta or pasta, for lunch or a light meal. And it would be a great choice when you're too hungry to wait for a slow-cooked meal: Once you've sliced and chopped your ingredients, it takes only about 15 minutes cooking time.

Smoky Sausage and Beans

  • 1 (14-ounce) package smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 cups sliced red bell peppers
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups chopped tomatoes

Two 15-ounce cans black beans, or 3 cups cooked dry-package black beans, rinsed, drained

In a large skillet, heat a little olive oil and cook sausage, bell peppers, onions, garlic, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes in oil until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes and beans, and cook, covered, over medium heat until tomatoes are softened, about 5 minutes.

Makes about 6 servings of 1 cup each.

Nutrition information per serving: 285 cal., 9 g fat, 36 g carbo., 1,043 mg sodium, 19 g pro., 9 g dietary fiber, 41 mg chol.