Sunday, April 25, 2010

Six-Bean Casserole ~ by Sarah

This recipe isn't really what I would call a casserole.  It also only contains five different kinds of beans.  But I got it from Wes's mom years ago and it's definitely a favorite around here.  It serves 16, so I usually make it when I'm heading to a barbecue.  It's almost a meal in itself, but goes great with burgers and hot dogs!

1/2 lb. Italian sausage
1/2 lb. sliced pepperoni
1/2 lb. Kielbasa, quartered
1/2 c. BBQ sauce
1 can pork and beans (undrained)
1 can red kidney beans (undrained)
1 can chili beans (undrained)
1 can white beans (drained)
1 can butter beans (drained)
1 can tomato soup (undiluted)
3 oz. tomato paste
1/2 c. brown sugar
6 slices of bacon (cooked)

Form the Italian sausage into 1-inch balls.  Brown in skillet.  (This doesn't make very many, so if you want to do the whole pound, it's fine.)
Combine the sausage with the remaining ingredients, except bacon, in a 5-quart casserole or crockpot and mix well.  Arrange the bacon (cut-up) on the top.  Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 1-1 1/2 hours or in a crockpot on low for 4 hours (or high for 2 hours).  I have always cooked this in a crockpot because I'm usually taking it somewhere and it's much easier to carry!

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