Italian Sausage and White Bean Chili

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Italian Sausage and White Bean Chili is a departure from tradition. So full of zesty Italian pork sausage, veggies, and white Cannellini beans, it will take you to the Italian countryside in just one bite!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk Italian Pork Sausage (Hot, Mild, or Sweet)
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms (optional)
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper OR red pepper flakes (or to your liking) 
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to your taste
  • 15 oz. can diced tomatoes with Italian Seasonings
  • 4 oz. can diced green chilies
  • 2 cups chicken stock (use less for thicker chili)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (optional)
  • 2 cans Cannelini beans, rinsed and drained, divided

Instructions

  1. In a 6 quart stock pot, brown the Italian pork sausage over med/high heat , breaking it up as it cooks. (I use a potato masher to do this)
  2. Drain off excess fat, leaving about a TBS in the pot with the sausage. Add in zucchini, onion, mushrooms (if using), and red and green bell peppers. Cook until the onion becomes translucent and the veggies begin to soften. (about 6 to 10 min.) Add in the garlic. Cook one more minute.
  3. Stir in cumin, basil, oregano, and cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. Cook 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. (you can also wait until the end for this if unsure of salt content of sausage)
  4. Add in canned tomatoes with juices, green chilies, chicken stock, and fresh rosemary sprig (if using). Bring to boil and turn down to simmer.
  5. Add in 1 1/2 cans of beans, reserving 1/2 can. With the reserved 1/2 can mash with potato masher. Add mashed beans to chili.
  6. Continue to simmer until all the vegetables are soft and the chili has thickened somewhat.(about 45 minutes) Test again for additional salt and pepper. Remove rosemary sprig, if used.

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Cook time: 01 hrs. 00 mins.

Total time: 1 hrs. 10 mins.


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