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Italian Chili

If there were chili in Italy…this is what I think it might taste like.  Some sort of sausage, tomatoes, vegetables, beans.  Chili without the Mexican spices.

Tonight was one of those nights where I couldn’t think of what to make for dinner.  I had a ton of shredded cabbage left over from our fish tacos and not much else that sounded appealing.  I wanted to make a dish where I could hide the cabbage but get the nutrients.  For some reason, I wasn’t in the mood to eat cabbage again.  So we ended up with “Italian Chili.”  It was actually very tasty for a dish that was just created an hour before we ate it:)

This would be great served with some fresh bread and a salad.  We had leftover rice so my kids ate it with rice.

4 Italian sausage links, cut into 1″ slices (it is easiest to cut them while they are partially frozen)
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 orange, red or green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 1/2 cups shredded purple cabbage
1 24 oz. bottle of Italian Sauce (such as marinara, basil tomato, etc…)
1 can beans, drained (we used black beans but any would work well)

In a heavy duty pan, such as a dutch oven, heat the sausage over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add the onion, pepper and cabbage.  Stir and cook for 3 more minutes.  Add the sauce and beans and stir well.  Bring to a boil.  Once boiling, turn down heat to low and simmer with the cover on the pan for at least one hour.

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2 Responses to “Italian Chili”

  1. I find it hard to eat gluten free as well. I have allergies to rice, soy, hemp, flax, oats, and i’m forgetting one. I have many food allergies including healthy foods.

    I will be able to adjust some of your recipes. Gluten free authors tell me not to order their book(s) with my allergies.

    I’m learning to cook gluten free with flours I can eat. I’m looking forward to the Des Moines Expo.

    I cook dry beans and I need to make my own sauces. I have e-mailed several authors about their cook books. they tell me not to buy them. I failed to pass the blood work for celiac disease in September. I had a very bad reaction to the band they put on my arm and the one they put on top of my sleeve in Nov. I probably won’t take additional tests as a result of the reactions.

    I can’t take any medications. Visit my website: I take products that enhance, migrate, and penetrate. I’m alive thanks to them. The products don’t do anything for my body. It is the adult stems cells from my own bone marrow that do the work.

    Glad I found your site too.

    Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas.

    Bev Kendrick

    • Jen Cafferty says:

      We will see you in Des Moines! Hopefully you can find some products and people to help you with your food journey.

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