Before this dish even came out of the oven, the apartment was full of it’s delicious aroma – roasted vegetables, spicy italian sausage, fresh thyme…I could even smell the subtle hint of the balsamic vinegar! And you know it’s always a good sign when it smells so good, because you know it’s gonna taste yummy too!
( And just so you know, it tasted just as good as it smelled! )
There were many delightful things about this dish that earned 5 out of 5 stars in my book. For how simple this dish is, the flavors marry into this fabulous spicy, deep, rich taste that makes you go back for seconds. And this truly is a simple dish, you literally just throw everything together in a big baking dish and bake which means (drum roll please)…MINIMAL DISHES TO CLEAN! Easy prep work, easy clean up – it doesn’t get better than that.
But there was one thing about this dish that I found to be a little complicated: naming the recipe. Seriously. At first, I was going to name it something with “cassoulet” at the end of it, because “cassoulet” means white bean and sausage stew. Which two of the main ingredients are beans and sausage. But is it a stew? There isn’t any liquid in it…sooo…no, it’s not a stew. So as silly as this sounds, coming up with the name for the dish was the hardest part. In order words, this dish is super easy and delicious and we will be definitely making this again soon!
Balsamic Bean and Roasted Vegetable Medley
Here’s what you’ll need:
8-10 carrots, peeled and diced
Cloves from one head of garlic, sliced finely
5-8 sprigs of fresh thyme
4 italian sausages
2 cups of cherry tomatoes
4 cups of cooked white beans
1 large onion, diced
1 tbsp. olive oil
2-3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Seasonings: garlic salt, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes
1. In a large bowl, combine the carrots, onion, tomatoes, garlic, seasonings, oil and vinegar. In a greased large baking casserole dish, pour the contents of the bowl in. Take a few sprigs of the thyme, take off the leaves and sprinkle over the vegetables. Put sausages on top, along with the rest of the sprigs of thyme. Drizzle with a little bit more oil if you like.
2. Bake in 425 degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, and take off the sausages. Stir in the white beans and places sausages back on top. Place back in the oven and bake for 20 more minutes. Presto! Serve with crusty bread.
This recipe has been adapted from SweetSugarBean