This is a flavorful, one-dish meal that is on the table in about 45 minutes. I created this recipe but we are by no means Italian, so the only thing I know that is actually Italian about this recipe are the seasonings.
2 T olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 package Italian-seasoned ground sausage (frozen meatballs work well also)
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 14.5-oz. cans diced tomatoes
4 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 cups chicken broth
1 can white beans (rinsed and drained)
1 T dried oregano
1 T dried basil
Just a dash of crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft (about 5 minutes).
Add the ground sausage to the onions and cook until browned, breaking the meat up into small chunks.
Add the bell pepper and celery to the onions and sausage. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or so.
Add potatoes, diced tomatoes (with the liquid), beans, broth, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.