This hearty satisfying casserole is simple and easy to make. And you probably already have most, if not all, the ingredients on hand. It’s one of my hubby’s favorites.
5 strips bacon, chopped
1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
1/2 pound boneless pork tenderloin, cubed
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 (15 oz each) cans Great Northern beans, drained
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 dried bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)*
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Drain on paper towel, crumble and set aside; discard drippings.
2. To the skillet, add the sausage, cubed pork, onion and garlic. Cook until the pork is browned, stirring occasionally. Add the bacon and all remaining ingredients to the skillet; blend well. Pour mixture into an ungreased 2-1/2-qt. casserole.
3. Cover and bake for 1 hour 45 minutes. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer or until pork is fork tender. Remove bay leaf before serving. Makes 6 servings.
*If you are serving this casserole to children or others who don’t like “hot” foods I would suggest omitting the red pepper flakes.