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Sausage And Beans

4 servings

1/2 pound white beans
4 cups water
1 cup chopped large yellow onion
1 thinly sliced carrot
1 thinly sliced celery stalk
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 pound cooked turkey kielbasa sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cloves minced garlic
salt & pepper

SOAK BEANS IN WATER OVER NIGHT.
DRAIN BEANS AND ADD 4 CUPS OF WATER,
ONION, CARROT, CELERY, 1 tsp SALT, BAY
LEAF AND THYME. COVER POT AND
SIMMER 45-60 MINUTES UNTIL BEANS
ARE TENDER. MEANWHILE, CUT SAUSAGE
INTO 1/2" DICE. HEAT OLIVE OIL IN A SKILLET
AND BROWN SAUSAGE FOR 5 MINUTES,
STIRRING FREQUENTLY. DRAIN ON PAPER
TOWEL DRAIN COOKING LIQUID FROM BEANS,
SAVING 1 1/2 CUPS (ADD WATER IF NECESSARY).
TO BEANS, ADD TOMATO PASTE, GARLIC, SALT AND
PEPPER TO TASTE. BLEND WELL.

PLACE HALF THE BEANS IN 2 QT CASSEROLE,
ARRANGE SAUSAGE OVER BEANS, TOP WITH
REMAINING BEANS, AND POUR IN RESERVED
LIQUID TO JUST COVER INGREDIENTS.
BAKE COVERED IN 350 DEGREE OVEN 45 MINUTES.


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