Calico Bean Bake
A great make-ahead dish – –
  • 1 pound DiRusso’s® Italian Sausage Links or Patties
  • 1cup onion, chopped
  • 5slices bacon
  • 2cans (28 ounce) baked beans
  • 1can (15 ounce) dark red kidney, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounce) pinto beans, drained
  • 1can (15 ounce) butter beans, drained
  • 1/2cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cider or white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1/4teaspoon black pepper
  1. Cut bacon into small pieces. In a 12-inch skillet, cook bacon until browned. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain.
  2. Add onions to skillet, and saute until soft. Remove and reserve.
  3. Remove casing from sausage links and in the same skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink, breaking into small crumbles with a wooden spoon.
  4. In a 3-quart casserole dish, mix together the sausage, bacon, onions, beans and remaining ingredients.
  5. Cover casserole dish and bake at 350ºF for approximately 1 hour, uncover the dish the last 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes
  • Cook in a crock pot on HIGH setting for 1 hour. Reduce the heat to LOW and cook 3 to 4 hours longer or until heated through.
  • Add a minced jalapeno pepper for heat.
  • Use 1 pound of sausage links, cut in 1-inch pieces.