Cannellini Alla Catania

Course : Beans
Serves: 6
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1 pound dried cannellini or great northern beans
6 cups water
2 links hot italian sausages -- sliced
1 large onion -- chopped
1 large garlic clove -- minced
2 large tomatoes -- peeled seeded and chopped
1 piece bay leaf -- crumbled
1/2 teaspoon thyme -- crumbled
1/2 teaspoon basil crumbled
3 pieces orange rind 1 inch strips
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon instant beef broth granules

Preparation / Directions:

Pick over bans and rinse. Cover beans with water in a large kettle; bring to boiling; cover; cook 2 minutes; remove from heat; let stand 1 hour. Pour into an electric slow cooker. 2. Brown sausages in a small skillet; push to one side; saute onion and garlic in same pan until soft; stir in tomato, bay leaf, thyme, basil, orange strips, salt and pepper and instant beef broth; bring to boiling; stir into beans; cover. 3. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 5 hours or until beans are tender.

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