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Italian-Style Stovetop Baked Beans

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes • Serves: 8

1 pound Schnucks Signature fresh ground sweet Italian sausage, casings removed, if necessary
6 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
1 large onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 can (6 ounces) Schnucks tomato paste
4 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 Schnucks bay leaves
1 bottle or can (12 ounces) brown ale or dark beer
1 can (14.5 ounces) Schnucks Italian style diced tomatoes
1/3 cup packed Schnucks brown sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon Schnucks crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

1. In 4- to 5-quart heavy saucepot, cook sausage over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes, breaking up sausage with side of spoon. Reduce heat to medium; add garlic and onion and cook 6 to 7 minutes or until sausage is browned and onion is soft, stirring occasionally. Carefully drain drippings in saucepot. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute.

2. Add beans, bay leaves, beer, tomatoes with their juice, sugar, vinegar, dry mustard, crushed red pepper and black pepper, stirring until well combined. Increase heat to medium-high; heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cook, uncovered, 1-1/2 hours or until liquid is reduced and sauce thickens, stirring every 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves; serve sprinkled with parsley. Makes about 8 cups.

Each serving: about 293 calories, 11 g total fat (4 g saturated), 30 mg cholesterol, 376 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 16 g sugars, 13 g protein