Tuscan cuisine is deliciously down to hearth, inspired by high quality farm produce, few great quality ingredients cooked with simplicity.
So when you have in your pantry some cannellini beans, fresh, dried or in cans, some ripe tomatoes too ripe to go in a salad and few Italian sausages, prepare this fast stew that is great with small pasta and even served as a homemade hamburger, hummm…
Your family will love it!
Ingredients: Serves 4
- 4 to 5 Italian sausages, mild, hot or a mix
- 5 medium ripe fresh tomatoes roughly chopped small + 1 small jar ready made store bought tomato basil sauce or 1 can 14.5 oz tomatoes pureed
- 3 gloves garlic – 1 whole, 2 crashed or chopped
- 1 to 2 cans 14.5 oz cannellini beans or 1.5 lb fresh cannellini beans
- 1/4 generous cup good quality Tuscan olive oil
- 1 slice butter
- a good handful parsley chopped
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- good pinch coarse salt and ground black pepper
- grated pecorino romano
How you make it, simple !
- In a large skillet, heat over medium to slow heat heat 2/3 of olive oil, add the whole garlic glove, rosemary and let the oil soak their flavors , slowly for 2 minutes or 3. Do not let the garlic burn, remove.
- If you are using fresh cannellini beans, boil them 20 minutes in salted water and drain.
- If you are using canned beans, like I did, open cans and quick rinse and drain on a colander. Reserve.
- Sightly brush sausages with oil, cut them in half, so you can cook them faster and check their doneness then grill them in a grill skillet or on the outdoor grill or cook them in a medium pan, till tender and done, crisp on the outside. Slice them in thick slices.
- Now add to the first skillet remaining olive oil, onions and garlic, cook 2 minutes till translucent and slightly golden, add fresh tomatoes, previously cut in pieces, keeping their juices, cook all for 4 to 5 minutes till they start to melt and combine as a sauce, Add a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper, the tomato sauce in jar, stir well then add sausages, few rosemary leaves, cover and cook at low heat for 5 more minutes.
- While tomato sauce cooks gently, melt in a small pan a slice of butter, heat at slow heat cannellini beans with chopped parsley, a pinch of salt and pepper.
– In shallow pasta dishes spoon sausages in tomatoes sauce, cannellini beans, sprinkle quickly olive oil and grated pecorino (optional) and crusty warm slice of country bread to spoon the sauce with, like in Tuscany!
– or serve in a open face hamburger!