Beans with Italian sausages (fagioli con salsicce Italiane)

Catherine Fulvio / 19 October 2012

Try this one for a hearty family dish, the kind you put in the centre of the table and everyone digs in. Its success is the quality of the raw ingredients, so go for the best, most flavoursome sausages. This recipe calls for cooked beans, so I often use canned beans, washed and drained, for a speedy dish.

Cooking time

40 minutes


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 8 Italian sausages
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 3 celery stalks, finely sliced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 200g cooked borlotti beans
  • 200g cooked cannellini beans
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, washed


1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the sausages until they’re cooked through, then transfer onto a plate. Slice on the diagonal and set aside.
2. Add the garlic, chilli and rosemary to the pan and sauté for 1 minute.
3. Stir in the celery and carrots and simmer for a further 3 minutes. Add the stock and thyme, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Return the sausages to the pan and add the beans. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for a further 12 minutes.
5. Stir in the cherry tomatoes and simmer for 2 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.

Keeping it local: try Cumberland sausages, pork & leek or pork & apple Sausages. You can replace the beans with new season potatoes - just leave the skins on and quarter them.

Eat Like An Italian

Catherine Fulvio of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School, has a book available now 'Eat Like An Italian: Recipes for the Good Life', published by Gill & Macmillan at £19.99, which provides lots of information and tips on how to adapt to a more leisurely lifestyle and incorporate the Italian food rules. Find out more about Catherine Fulvio at

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