Calabrian White Beans with Smoked Ham and Sausage
PREP TIME: 2 Hours
SERVES: 6 - 8

Unlike Tuscan beans, the Calabrian white beans are further flavored with a variety of smoked pork products making them quite similar to Cajun-style white beans.


  • 2 lbs cannellini or Great Northern white beans
  • 1 gallon chicken stock
  • 1/2 lb smoked ham, diced
  • 1 lb salt meat, diced
  • 3 links Italian sausage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.In a heavy-bottom pot, boil white beans in stock with ham and salt meat until beans are tender, but still slightly chewy and unbroken. Do not overcook. Once beans are cooked, strain the liquid from the beans, reserve and add Italian sausage, olive oil, garlic, oregano, green onions and season slightly with salt and pepper. Ladle in just enough of the liquid to bring the level up to, but not covering the beans in the pot. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. When beans are extremely tender, strain and serve as a vegetable or starter coarse.

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