Monday, October 10, 2016

Hurst's Pizza Beans

Hurst's Pizza Beans

I made Hurst's Pizza Beans for dinner on Saturday night. They were very good and hearty and I will be adding these to our menu rotation. 

You can find the recipe by clicking on the link above or here


1 package HamBeens® 15 BEAN SOUP®
1 white onion, diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1lb. ground Italian sausage (mild, sweet, or hot)
6oz. sliced pepperoni, cut into quarters
7 cups chicken stock
24oz. of your favorite marinara sauce
Shredded mozzarella for topping


Rinse and sort through the beans. Check for any debris and discard. Pour beans into a large bowl or pot, cover with water by 2" and allow to soak overnight (or at minimum 4 hours). When ready to cook, discard the excess water.

Turn stove to medium-high, and in a large Dutch oven sauté the ground sausage and pepperoni until sausage is completely browned.

Spoon out the meats, pour off any excess grease, then add the onions, peppers, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the chicken stock and turn heat to high. Use your spoon to scrape off any browned bits on the bottom of the pot as this will add great flavor. Add the meats & soaked beans (no marinara yet!) back into the pot and bring to a boil.

Cover the pot and place into a 350º oven for 2 hours, stir the beans halfway through the time.

When beans are completely tender, stir in the marinara sauce. Put pot back in the oven for an additional 20 minutes, then turn oven to warm until ready to serve.

The recipe can be very versatile. For example, the recipe calls for green peppers, which I like, but other family members don't and they do tend to permeate a dish when they are included, so I simply left them out. 

There is a list of suggested add-ins at the recipe site, which includes black olives. As we were eating these I was thinking black olives would be a good addition. 

The recipe actually says to add any of your favorite pizza toppings to the beans. 

My daughter said the dish reminded her of lasagna. Probably because of the use of the marinara sauce. We didn't even use much cheese either, just a small sprinkling on top, so there is a big savings on cheese for this dish verses actual lasagna. 

And of course using beans instead of noodles helps to keep my blood sugar stable. 

Please let me know if you decide to try the recipe and what you think of it.   :)

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. That does look good! I wonder if just using tomato sauce would work, then add some Italian seasoning.

    1. I'm sure it would, Carol. I think anything you would add to pizza you could add to this. I was even thinking of adding Italian seasoning to mine yesterday, but didn't do it.

  2. That does sound delicious! Thanks for the recipe link, Belinda! I would think the addition of sausage and or pepperoni would not only add to the flavor, but also add good texture.

    Have a great= day!

    1. I agree, Lili. I think the sausage and pepperoni helped to make the dish hearty. :)

  3. These sound great! Love the versatility. I would make it without the meat and add vegetarian crumbles toward the end. Totally love meals like that.

    1. That would be good too, Busy Bee. I have used the Morningstar crumbles in many dishes.

  4. Belinda, I tried a new to me chili recipe that made me think of you. I think you might like it. I did share the link on my blog. I can't figure out how to put a clickable one in the comment.

    1. Thank you, Busy Bee. I will definitely check it out. :)

  5. I made this today and used sausage. Very, very good!

    1. I'm so glad you tried and liked them! Thanks for giving me feedback on them. We really liked them too.

      Hope you have a great day. :)

  6. Cheese and lots of it would be worth the


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