Recipe | Italian sausage and beans on toast

There’s a cracking Italian deli on the most nondescript road in Islington. Saponara is almost forbiddingly dark but the staff are welcoming and friendly and, well, Italian. Their range of produce is broad for such a cosy little place, and they even deliver via this website, which also, as it happens, delivers gear from Frank Godfrey, La Fromagerie, Ottolenghi, and Paul. A. Young, among others. Oh, and on Fridays and Saturday nights they do pizzas.


I procured some chilli and fennel sausage which was good and fiery for this weather, and a gorgeous ciabatta. With some borlotti sitting at home it made a fine lunch.

Serves 1
Fennel and chilli sausage
A glug of red wine
A tin of borlotti beans
A squirt of tomato puree
A splash of balsamic vinegar
Ciabatta
Half a clove of garlic
Pecorino
Parsley
Salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil

– Roll the length of sausage into a sort of snail shell and fry for 8-10 minutes on each side in a lightly oiled frying pan. You might skewer it for control but it’s not essential. For the last few minutes of cooking, add a glug of red wine and let that reduce right down, before setting the pan aside.

– Meanwhile, drain the borlotti beans and add to a small saucepan with the tomato puree and vinegar, and season with salt, pepper, and sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes or so.

– Toast the bread and rub with the garlic, before topping with beans. Hack up the sausage and bung this on top, before grating over some pecorino, scattering on a handful of chopped parsley and finishing with a flick of olive oil. Serve immediately, natch.

Saponara
23 Prebend Street,
London
N1 8PF

0207 226 2771

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9 responses to “Recipe | Italian sausage and beans on toast

  1. Fark me that looks good.

  2. Oh I could do me with some Italian sausage today. Ooh er missus! (don’t know where this smutty post came from but I felt it had to be said)

  3. Tes

    That looks so amazing! I love Italian sausages. This dish looks so perfect. It sounds flavourful and comforting 🙂

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  5. Haven’t been to Saponara but order from them through Hubbub – sounds like I should go visit!
    Sausage looks delish!

  6. Mmm…lovely recipe, I’ll have to try that. Saponara is such a wonderful shop – popping in every day to collect goodies for deliveries brightens our day! Thanks for the mention!

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