Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Navy Beans with Italian Sausage (recipe)

Updated 2/13/15:  This recipe would be perfect for a cold winter day!  I've been cooking beans in my new pressure cooker, which saves time and eliminates the need for soaking overnight.  After the beans are cooked, the recipe could be finished on the stovetop.

Linking up to Friday's Feast at Jumpin Beans!


This recipe was extremely frugal to make, since we had three links of leftover Italian sausage on hand. I read a couple of recipes for inspiration, but then "winged it" with the ingredients I had on hand. We all liked it, so I'm sharing it with you.

As usual, I don't have precise measurements and the recipe is very flexible. This is how I made this dish. The consistency is of a thick soup; you could adjust the water to make it thicker or thinner.
Navy Beans with Italian Sausage

1 lb. dry navy beans, rinsed
1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 bay leaves (some recipes use sage, but I didn't have that)
3 links Italian sausage, cooked and diced
salt and pepper to taste

Soak beans overnight; drain. Add to slow cooker with enough water to cover the beans to a depth of about 2 inches. Cook on high for about two hours. Add onion, garlic, bay leaves. Cook on low for about three hours, then add sausage. Cook on low for another 30-45 minutes. Remove bay leaves, season to taste, and serve.

I'm linking this to Crock Pot Wednesdays and Slow Cooking Thursdays. Click the logos for more recipes or to link up your own.

I'm also linking up to the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods, Bean and Legume Edition at Kitchen Stewardship!


  1. Ok, now this is our kind of meal! :) Saving this one for sure. Thanks, Melissa!

  2. never made it with polish sausage this may just be the trick to get the kids to eat beans

  3. I love sausage and beans but have never fixed them this way. Will give it a try!!

  4. This is my favorite way to cook! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

  5. This sounds delish and something the family would love—I'm definitely going to give it a try!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  6. This sounds SO good... but I am not familiar with Navy beans... wonder if I would like them.
    Thanks for linking up with me again! Going to have to try this!
    (and I LOVE crock pot meals!)


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