Borlotti Beans with Veggies, Chicken and Sausage

On day 2 of the divisional playoff, right after the Seahawk’s miracle win was snuffed out by the Falcon’s 14 second drive for a winning field goal, I started making my beans.  My beans (borlotti, cranberry, canellini or red) almost always include a ton of vegetables and meat.  I soak my beans overnight and then change the water in the morning.  Here’s most of what I will be putting in my beans.

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Borlotti Beans and Stuff

  • 1 lb of beans (works with most types)
  • 2 large or 4 small bay leaves
  • 2 onions, diced (I used one sweet, one red)
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pasilla pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced (I don’t seed them, I like the heat)
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 6-10 cloves of garlic, chopped (how much garlic do YOU like?)
  • 1 28oz can of tomatoes – whole, crushed by hand
  • 1.5 cups of good red wine
  •  Tablespoons fresh Thyme. chopped fine
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Oregano,chopped fine
  • 1 lb smoke sausage, cut into bite size peices
  • 3 large chicken breasts bone in, skin on cut in to 1/3s

Place the soaked beans in a large dutch oven and over with water — about 1/2 above the beans — add a few bay leaves and simmer covered for 1 hr.

In a large skillet, sweat the onions, peppers, and celery for a a bit, till they are cooked through.  Add some salt as you do this.  Then add the garlic for 2-3 more minutes.  you might need to do this in batches, if you use the amounts I use — I tend to cook for 3 meals.  Add several grinds of peppers while you stir the vegetables.

Remove the bay leaves and add in the cooked vegetables and carrots.  Simmer for an hour.

Add the herbs, tomatoes and wine.  bring back to a simmer uncovered, to reduce.  1-2 hrs.

After it reduces, add the sausage.  It should be already cooked, now its reheating.

Salt and pepper the chicken and brown them in a skillet.  Better crispy skin than rubbery stuff. 🙂

recover  and simmer for 45-60 minutes to cook the chicken.

Adjust seasonings and server over rice.  Like such.



I think this recipe made enough for 80.  The 3 of us barely made a dent.

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  1. Carol

     /  January 13, 2013

    I read through the list of ingredients and when i got to the sausage… i thought “OF COURSE!! anything with smoked sausage… of course it’s delish!!” mmmmm beans…. and sausage…. and chicken!!!” it sounds like just the thing for this supremely frigid weather. Thanks, Lee!!

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