Sometimes, the simplest suppers are the most delicious. I can remember being served polenta or a bread and vegetable omelette for supper as I listened to my father tell stories about being a boy and loving all of the simple, rustic, peasant meals his mother would cook. His parents came to America from Sicily when they were young teenagers and his mother continued to cook in the old ways with whatever was available. Both of my grandparents came from financially humble upbringings, so they knew how to make the most of what they had. Always having a garden they constantly had fresh vegetables, my grandfather grew fruit trees and when times were good they had a good piece of meat. As I made this dish I was reminded of how lucky I am to have been raised with old world values and an appreciation for the simple things in life.
- 1 package sweet Italian sausage
- 2 cans cannellini beans
- 2 cups rice
- Italian seasonings (dried oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder)
- Salt & pepper
- Cover the bottom of a frying pan with water and add the sausage. Cook until browned.
- Cook rice according to the instructions on the package.
- Drain the cannellini beans and add to a medium sauce pan.
- Season with oregano, parsley, garlic powder, salt & pepper (to taste).
- Cook over medium heat until the beans have warmed through.
- Put a scoop or two of rice in the bottom of a bowl.
- Put beans on top and stir.
- Add sausage on top (whole or sliced).