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Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

16 servings

This is a spinoff of a Mexican dip I had once. The original was wicked good, but since I was going through an "I’m-so-over-Mexican-dip" phase, I decided to switch it up. Take it to a party—I'll bet you no one else will bring anything like it! —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Assorted crackers or toasted French bread baguette slices

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large skillet, cook sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain. Stir in wine, oregano, salt and thyme. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated.
  2. Add cream cheese; stir until melted. Stir in spinach, beans and tomatoes; cook and stir until spinach is wilted. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking dish; if using an ovenproof skillet, leave in skillet. Sprinkle with cheeses.
  3. Bake until bubbly, 20-25 minutes. Serve with crackers.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 200 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.

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