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Savory, simple and delicious, these Italian Beans & Rice are made with vegan sausage, veggies, white beans and brown rice.

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Beans and rice are a go-to in my house. But these Italian Beans & Rice are a fun twist on a staple. White beans are simmered in a spicy tomato sauce and served up with crispy Italian sausage and brown rice. Topped off with fresh parsley, this is a quick, easy and delicious vegan dinner idea.

Step One: Cook the Vegan Sausage

To be honest, the vegan sausage is not a necessity for this recipe. And if you don’t like vegan sausage, just skip this step. But I think it adds some great flavor and a great texture to the beans and rice.

Start by heating some olive oil in a skillet. Add the sausage (I used Beyond Meat Italian sausage) and crumble it with a wooden spoon.

Let the sausage cook down for about 5 minutes. It should be cooked through, crumbled and have a nice crispiness to it. Remove the sausage from the skillet and place the empty skillet back on the stove.

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Step Two: Sauce & Beans

To the same skillet add onions, garlic, carrots, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper. Let everything cook down for a couple of minutes, or until the veggies start to get tender.

Add in some tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes and Calabrian chili paste (if you want some spice). Let the tomato paste cook off for about a minute, then pour in 2 cans of drained white beans and some broth. Bring everything to a boil, cover and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes. You can definitely let it cook longer if you have the time!

Right before serving, add some fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of parsley.

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Step Three: Serve

And now it is time to serve. I used some frozen brown rice – it is ready in 3 minutes, can’t beat that! But you can use any rice you want or have on hand.

Add rice to each bowl and top with the beans & veggies. Serve with more fresh parsley and lemon wedges on the side. I also don’t hate a piece of french bread on the side for dipping. You could also add some kale or spinach to the skillet for some extra greens.

This is a great make ahead recipe – make a batch and eat it for lunch all week!

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Italian Beans & Rice

Servings: 5
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Savory, simple and delicious, these Italian Beans & Rice are made with vegan sausage, veggies, white beans and brown rice.
5 from 5 ratings

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and crumble it with a wooden spoon. Cook until the sausage is browned to your liking (approx. 5 minutes). Remove from the skillet.
  • Add the onion, garlic, carrots, Italian seasoning and a pinch of salt & pepper to the skillet – if the skillet is too dry, you can add a little more oil. Cook down for 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, sun-dried tomatoes and chili paste and cook for another minute. Pour in the beans & broth and bring to a boil. Cover, lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add the sausage back to the skillet.
  • Right before serving add lemon juice and parsley. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. Serve hot over brown rice with more parsley on top.

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Calories: 483kcal, Carbohydrates: 71g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 11g
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Main Course
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