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Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Dip

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Dip – A deliciously savory dip that combines sweet and hot Italian sausages with white beans, two cheeses, rosemary and cream.

White platter and serving bowl with the dip and on a slice baguette.

It’s officially the ‘holiday entertaining’ time of year. The haunted houses, the gory costumes, and over indulgence in candy has now passed.

Ok, not the candy part, that will continue straight on until Easter, only taking a small consumption dip in January but will pick right back up again in February. But I digress.

Whether you’re a guest or the host, this dip will be a crowd pleaser…providing you can actually get it to the serving platters and chafing dish.

As you would expect, I taste-test throughout the cooking process and then again sample at the very end making sure the recipe has reached my expectations.

Close up dip on a baguette with freshly chopped parsley as a garnish served on a white plate.

How to a Make Tuscan Bean Dip?

Begin by removing the casings from the sausages. I find using these links versus ground free sausage to have better flavor and texture. But you’re free to use casing-less sausage.

I used two hot Italian sausages and two sweet Italian sausages but use any combination that suits your palate.

Collage image of preparing the Italian sausage for cooking by removing the casings and breaking the meat apart for cooking in a skillet.

Prepare your herbs. I’ve mentioned before that I do not like whole dried rosemary for its coarse nature, so I used my mortar and pestle to grind it up. If you like it whole, then leave it whole.

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Dip ~ A sophisticatedly delicious mixture of both sweet and hot Italian sausages mixed into white beans, two types of cheese, rosemary and cream ~ The Complete Savorist #SundaySupper

How to Prepare Beans for a Bean Dip

The texture of beans in any dip is a rather personal thing. Some like it ultra smooth, while others enjoy the chunky nature of leaving some beans whole.

You will want to smash some to help with the creamy, smooth consistency we all want in a bean dip.

I used a potato masher, as I really wanted a chunky dip, but if you prefer a smoother dip, puree it in a blender or food processor.

This dip is thick, so if you want it thinner, add more dairy to thin it out or even some broth. Keeping it warm during service will ensure that it is ‘spreadable’ or ‘dip-able’.

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Dip ~ A sophisticatedly delicious mixture of both sweet and hot Italian sausages mixed into white beans, two types of cheese, rosemary and cream ~ The Complete Savorist #SundaySupper

This Tuscan White Bean and Sausage dip will be a hit at your next gathering, provided you don’t eat it all like I almost did. Sadly, it’s a brown food which means it simply is ugly to photograph, but I promise, it is utterly delicious.

Close up view of the Tuscan bean dip with sausage to show texture and consistency, garnished with fresh parsley.

Can I Make Tuscan Bean Dip in the Slow Cooker?

Yes-ish.

All of the ingredients can be added to the slow cooker instead of making it on the stove top.

However, the sausage will still need to be browned in a skillet on the stove unless you have the slow cooker with the browning/searing setting.

See the notes section of the recipe card for step by step directions.

Additionally, if you want to make this on the stove top, the finished dip can be transferred to a slow cooker for serving. This will allow it to stay warm while entertaining. Turn the unit to the ‘keep warm’ setting while serving.

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Plate of Tuscan inspired white bean dip with sausage served on sliced baguette, bowl of remaining dip in the background and white elephants.
A deliciously savory dip that combines sweet and hot Italian sausages with white beans, two cheeses, rosemary and cream. ~ The Complete Savorist by Michelle De La Cerda

Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Dip

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Tuscan Bean Dip
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 385 kcal
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

A deliciously savory dip that combines sweet and hot Italian sausages with white beans, two cheeses, rosemary and cream. 

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Ingredients

  • 30 oz canned white beans Two-15 oz cans; Great Northern, Cannellini, etc); drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice (about ½ a lemon)
  • tsp ground dried rosemary
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic (about 2 plump cloves); minced/grated
  • 8 oz Italian Sausage links (4 links); casings removed
  • ¾ cup cream half/half works too; +/- to desired consistency
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese grated
  • ¼ tsp black pepper +/- to taste
  • tsp Salt +/- to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley (optional); chopped

Options for Serving

  • baguette sliced (fresh or as crostini)
  • pita chips naan works well too
  • vegetable platter

Instructions

  1. In a blender, puree one can of beans, lemon juice, rosemary, olive oil and garlic until smooth–this can be done by hand using a potato masher, but it will be slightly chunkier.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the Italian sausage; drain the renderings.
  3. Add one can of the rinsed/drained beans to the skillet, mix well breaking the beans but not fully mashing them.
  4. Add the bean puree, the cream, and the cheeses to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until the cheese has melted.

  5. If needed, add more cream to reach the desired consistency; add the pepper; add salt and parsley, if using.
  6. Keep warm during the serving process, as it will thicken as it cools.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Tuscan White Bean Dip in the Slow Cooker

Sear the sausage to get a nice color on it, but it doesn’t need to be cooked completely through, the slow cooker will do that.

Prepare the beans as directed by mashing some either by hand or in a blender/food processor.

Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker except the salt, pepper, and parsley. Stir well to combine.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or on LOW for 3. 

When done, stir, taste for seasonings and add the salt/pepper. Add additional cream if desired. 

Turn to keep warm for serving directly from the slow cooker. 

Nutrition Facts
Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Dip
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 452mg20%
Potassium 585mg17%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 491IU10%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 244mg24%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been updated from its original November 1, 2015 publishing with re-edited photography, updated content, clarified recipe card, and cooking instructions in the text.

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    Tammi @Momma's Meals
    November 1, 2015 at 5:55 am

    There is just something about white beans and sausage that sounds like they belong! I’d eat this as a meal!

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      Michelle
      November 1, 2015 at 6:32 am

      I did eat it as a meal, more because I lack impulse control around certain foods.

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    Betty
    November 1, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Your bean and sausage dip looks so good. Beans in anything is always so tasty.

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      Michelle
      November 3, 2015 at 2:36 am

      It was so delicious. You and Grandpa would enjoy it.

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    Sue Lau
    November 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I love a good bean dip. Looks delish!

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    Cindys Recipes and Writings
    November 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    This sounds like a great dip or spread!

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    Liz
    November 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    SO yummy and flavorful with all that Italian sausage!

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    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
    November 1, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I think it sounds delicious and I think the photos are great.

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 4, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Love white beans! So creamy! What a fab appetizer!

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    Marye
    November 4, 2015 at 5:49 am

    These look so good! Wonderful for a game day snack or appetizer!

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      Michelle De La Cerda
      November 4, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Thank you Marye…it’s also good for just hoarding and eating all by yourself.

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    Becky @ Bite of Delight
    November 4, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    This looks divine! And on this cold, dreary day, it looks like the perfect comfort food. Yum!

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    November 4, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    This is a great party dip! I love Tapas as you can tell and this is a great appetizer. This is comforting and great for soaking up some alcohol while your getting ready for dinner!

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    Julia
    November 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    This would be a great holiday appetizer. I love using white bean in spreads!

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