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Braised Fennel, Cannellini Beans, and Italian Sausage

- Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Victor Protazio
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Victor Protazio

Sweet anise-flavored fennel bulb is paired here with cannellini beans, mild Italian sausage, and bitter radicchio for a hearty fall dish.

Yields: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

1 (20-oz.) package mild Italian sausage links

1 tablespoon canola oil

2 fennel bulbs, chopped

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

3/4 cup chicken broth

3 garlic cloves, minced

3/4 teaspoon fennel seeds

1/2 teaspoon table salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Vegetable cooking spray

2 (15.5-oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup shredded radicchio

1/4 to 1/3 cup shaved pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Extra virgin olive oil

How to Make It

Prick sausage casings with a fork or tip of sharp knife. Cook sausage links in hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 8 minutes, turning often to brown all sides.

Place chopped fennel bulbs and next 6 ingredients in a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with sausage in a single layer. Cover and cook on LOW 5 hours or until vegetables are tender and sausage is cooked.

Transfer sausage to a cutting board; cool slightly. Cut sausage diagonally into 3/4-inch-thick pieces.

Stir sausage, beans, and radicchio into fennel mixture in slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 15 minutes or until radicchio is wilted and tender. Top with cheese, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Cook's Notes:

We tested with Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth.

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