Sunday, March 25, 2012

Italian Inspired Johnsonville Sausage House Party

Isn't that beautiful

That is Johnsonville sweet Italian Sausage with rigatoni!  Peppers, fresh herbs, crushed tomatoes, onions, garlic, smidgen of crushed peppers.... ahhhh yes!!

I hosted my Italian Inspired Johnsonville Italian Sausage House party yesterday... we had such a good time!!  Good friends, family and GOOD FOOD!!!

Garlic bread sausage sliders & open faced sliders with roasted onions & peppers ... provolone & mozzarella cheeses

Johnsonville Italian Sausage bites braised... these little succulent gems go right over this amazing dish...

Braised Cannellini Beans Johnsonville Italian Sausage (above)

Homemade bread for dipping in the beans and sausage... hello

Ready for the amazing bean recipe?  This was the unanimous "winning" recipe.  We couldn't get enough of it!!  This will definetly make an amazing vegetarian meal as well!!

Here we go: *compliments of Johnsonville Italian Sausage*

2 c dried cannellini beans (I used white navy)
10 fresh sage leaves separated (extra for garnish)
1 medium tomatoe halved and quartered
1/4 c Bertolli olive oil
3 cloves garlic minced
1 cup finely chopped onions
2/3 cup finely chopped carrots
2/3 cup finely chopped celery 
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1-1/2 cups chicken stock
1/3 mascarpone cheese (you can substitute cream cheese)

Soak the beans overnite, or you can use the fast soak method; place picked thru and cleaned beans into saucepan.  Add 8 cups of water, and bring to a boil.  Boil rapidly for 30 minutes, then turn off heat, keep covered and beans should be ready in about 3-4 hours.  Test for doneness.  Drain and rinse thoroughly.
In a saucepan add 7 cups of water, 5 sage leaves and the halved and quartered tomato, bring to a boil, uncovered on medium high heat.  Reduce heat to a gentle simmer, uncovered, and continue to cook  until beans are tender about 2 hours. 
Drain and reserve the beans, discard sage and tomato.
In large saucepan add your olive oil, garlic, 5 sage leaves, onions, celery, carrots & red pepper flakes, saute till onions are soft and translucent.  Stir in the cooked beans and crushed tomatoes.  Add the salt, pepper and chicken stock.  Stir together and simmer gently.  When all ingredients are combined and warmed, stir in the mascarpone cheese until melted and evenly folded into the tomato bean mixture.
Season with salt & pepper to taste, cover saucepan to keep warm and turn off heat till ready to serve.
Ladle a beautiful bowl of these amazing beans and serve with braised sausage bites (pictured above), and a nice slice of crusty bread!!

Of course no party is complete without DESSERT!!!!

Tiramisu Cake!!!

I know!!!  It was outta this world good!!!
It was so funny, I gotta tell you, when I brought out the cake and served my guests... you could hear a pin drop.  Not a sound was made, all conversation CEASED!!  Finally I asked, "ummm, do you guys like it"?  Then the "OMG, this is delicious, and this is so light, like a bakery".... yeah, best feeling in the world feeding my family and friends!! 

We had a wonderful day!!  Thank you Johnsonville!!!!


  1. Everything was delicious, Didi! Johnsonville is such a high quality delicious sausage, and yes - the Braised Cannelini Beans were my favorite!

    PS - Don't forget to send me the Tiramisu cake recipe

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself sweetheart, I LOVE FEEDING you!!! :-)

    Posting cake recipe as we speak!!!

  3. those beans look really yummy! can't wait tomorrow morning to buy fresh beans and replicate what you've done there!

    1. Hi Tabby, welcome!!!
      This is such an amazing recipe, keeper for sure!
      Fresh beans you say? Oh my how awesome!! Please come back and let me know.