Sausage, Beans and Pasta

Simple Sausage Beans and Pasta

My son dislocated his shoulder playing golf this week.  When he was in 6th grade, he got a stress fracture in his leg playing tackle football, so we decided he needed to play something safe.  You know, no contact.  Golf seemed like the perfect sport.  After all, as long as you don’t play in a lightning storm, there doesn’t seem to be many ways you can hurt yourself.  Enter the Thinker.  His coach was showing him a new way to swing.  He missed the ball completely and hit the Earth.  Not  a “dig up a clump of dirt” kind of hit, but an “I am going to hit the Earth out of orbit” hit.  Guess what?  The Earth didn’t move and his shoulder did.

Here’s the thing.  The Thinker didn’t panic.  He simply reached back and attempted to pop it back in place.  When it didn’t go all the way, he lay down on the fairway and pressed it back in.  He attributed his calm, quick thinking actions to his “superior Boy Scout training.”  Whatever it was, it was amazing.  The doctor said that nothing was torn and that all he has to do is take it easy for a few weeks.

How I am going to segue into the recipe is beyond me.  So I will just let you have it.  It’s an old tried and true from Sunset.

 

Sausage, Beans and Pasta
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Ingredients
  • Sausage, Beans and Pasta (taken from Sunset's Low Fat Cookbook in the early 1990s)
  • 1 pound Italian sausage cut into pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (or a large spoonful of the kind in the jar)
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups cooked pasta
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a 5-6 quart pan, combine the sausage, onion, garlic and ¼ cup chicken broth over medium to medium high heat.
  2. Stir often until browned bits stick to the pan and add another ¼ cup broth and stir again until liquid is gone.
  3. Add remaining broth, beans, pasta, tomato sauce and seasoning. Stir until heated through.
  4. Remove from the stove, stir in the cheese. Salt and pepper as you wish.

 

 

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