Sausage and White Bean "Cassoulet"

Sausage and White Bean "Cassoulet"
2 servings
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4 sweet Italian sausage links (about 10-ounces total)pricked all over with a fork
1 teaspoon oil oil
2 medium onions, halved and sliced thin lenghwise
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 1/2 teaspoons mixed chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme and/or sage or 3/4 teaspoon mixed dried herbs, crumbles
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup chopped scallion greens or fresh parsley leaves
1 (14 1.2-ounce) can diced tomatoes including juice
1 (19-ounce) can white beans such as cannellini, navy, or Great Northern, drained and rinsed

Topping:
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 slices firm white sandwich bread, crusts discarded, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small garlic clove, chopped fine
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

In a medium skillet cook sausages in oil over moderate heat, turning them until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 8 minutes, and transfer to paper towels to drain.
 
In fat remaining in skillet cook onions and garlic, stirring until golden, and stir in herbs (including bay leaf), scallions or parsley, tomatoes with juice, and salt and pepper to taste.  Boil mixture, stirring, 5 minutes.  Cut sausage into 1/4-inch thick slices.  Add sausage and beans to tomato mixture and cook, stirring, until heated through.  Discard bay leaf and keep "cassoulet" warm, covered.
 
Make topping:
In a small skillet heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and saute bread until pale golden.  Stir in garlic, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste and saute, stirring 1 minute.
 
Transfer "cassoulet" to a 1-quart serving dish and cover evenly with topping.


 

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