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Italian sausage & white bean skillet

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Italian sausage & white bean skillet

Italian sausage, bell peppers and white beans are a classic one-skillet meal. Choose Cannellini or Great Northern Beans, add tomato sauce and Mozzarella cheese, and this will be a new family favorite.

These recipes were created with our gluten-free friends in mind. However, we recommend reading each label to make sure every ingredient suits your dietary needs. Please also remember that product formulations can change, so if you ever have any questions, make sure to contact the product manufacturer!

 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can (15.5 oz) Cannellini or Great Northern Beans, drained
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb sweet or spicy sausage, cut into 2-inch pieces (casings removed)
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jar (15 oz) chunky tomato or spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; brown evenly, about 3 minutes. Add green pepper and cook slightly.
  2. Add beans and tomato sauce; reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with cheese.

 

While it’s OK to eat Italian sausage, it’s not the type of meat you should eat all the time or in large quantities. Made with pork and flavored with garlic and fennel or anise, Italian sausage — whether sweet or spicy — is high in calories, fat and sodium. Knowing the nutrition information for 1 pound of Italian sausage can help you figure out how it might, or might not, work in your diet plan.

High in Calories

One pound of Italian sausage contains 1,463 calories. On average, adult women need anywhere from 1,600 to 2,400 calories a day, and adult men need 2,000 to 3,000 calories a day. So 1 pound of sausage meets almost all or at least half your daily calorie needs. Even if you eat a reasonable 3.5-ounce portion, it still has 323 calories. Compared to a lean meat such as white meat chicken, which has 173 calories in a 3.5-ounce portion, Italian sausage is a high-calorie meat.

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