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Cannellini Alla Catania

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  Dried cannellini beans/Dried great northern beans 1 Pound (White Kidney Beans)
  Water 6 Cup (96 tbs)
  Hot italian sausages 2 , sliced
  Onion 1 Large, chopped (1 Cup)
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), crushed
  Ripe tomatoes 2 Large, chopped
  Bay leaf 1 , crumbled
  Thyme 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Basil 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Orange rind 3 (1 Inch)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Instant beef broth 1

1 Pick over beans and rinse.
Cover beans with water in a large kettle; bring to boiling; cover; cook 2 minutes; remove from heat; let stand 1 hour.
Pour into an electric slow cooker (Or cover beans with water in slow cooker and soak overnight at room temperature.).
2 Brown sausages in a small skillet; push to one side; saute onion and garlic in same pan until soft; stir in tomato, bay leaf, thyme, basil, orange strips, salt, pepper and instant beef broth; bring to boiling; stir into beans; cover.
3 Cook on low (190° to 200°) for 10 hours, or on high (290° to 300°) for 5 hours, or until beans are tender.
For a classic Italian dessert, serve an assortment of fruits and cheeses.
Suggested Variations: Dried lima beans can be substituted for the cannellini beans.
Sweet Italian sausage, 1/4 pound salami or 1 cup sliced pepperoni can be used instead of the hot Italian sausages.

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