BVC Eats: Bob’s Sausage and Beans Rustica

New Member Cynthia Felice has the best of both worlds. Her husband cooks. They used to own a hotel and he made cookies. He still collects cookie recipes. Can we clone him?

Here’s a favorite everyday recipe from Bob Felice.


Bob’s Sausage & Beans Rustica

  • 3 14-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 6-7 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 6-7 medium-sized cloves of garlic, sliced thin
  • ½ medium onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 ounces red wine
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Olive oil, extra virgin


Fry sausage and remove from pan.

Add sliced onion; sauté until light brown w/added olive oil as needed.

Add thin sliced garlic; sauté two minutes longer.

Add chopped tomatoes, oregano, basil, and salt & pepper; cook 10 minutes longer on low.

Add beans; heat on low for a minimum of ½ hour, up to 1 hour.

To serve, add extra virgin olive oil to taste.




August 1, 2015

Bob Felice

Editor’s note: Rustica in this case means a one-pan meal! CF


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BVC Eats: Bob’s Sausage and Beans Rustica — 4 Comments

    • All of Bob’s brothers (and sisters) cook, and I do, too. But yes, in most families the guy is not the primary cook, so when it occurs folk take note. Our sons cook, too. I think some of it came from the household rule that those who were not the cookers that day had clean-up duties, no exceptions!

  1. Great Bob is a good cook. You mentioned the hotel, what about the Dunkin Donuts???? Way to go Felice!!!

  2. Bob says, “Thanks, Tim!” And for the rest of the world, in yet another incarnation, Bob owned a Dunkin Donuts, and Tim never got tired of them! Truth be told, we didn’t either!