Speedy Cassoulet

1 can (15-16 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with roasted garlic and basil, undrained
1 can (14.5 ounces) ready to serve chicken broth
1 package fully cooked Polish sausage cut into bite size chunks
1 10 ounce bag frozen chopped bell peppers, thawed
1 cup uncooked noodles

Mix everything but the bell peppers and noodles in a large pot. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat.
Meanwhile, cook noodles to just under desired consistency. Stir in bell peppers and noodles. Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Bean and Mushroom Stoganoff

1 teaspoon canola oil
1 onion, chopped
10 mushrooms, quartered
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme (optional)
1 cup vegetable stock
2 tablespoons dry red wine
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups cooked Romano (or red kidney) beans
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Black pepper to taste
3 cups cooked egg noodles
2 green onions, sliced thinly

In a large frying pan, over medium heat, cook onion in the oil until soft (about 4 minutes) and add the mushrooms, continuing to cook until soft (add a little water if you need to prevent sticking. Sprinkle with paprika and thyme, stir well.

Add stock, wine, Worcestershire sauce and stir until well blended. With a fork or potato masher, crush about 1/3 of the beans; add to the skillet along with the rest of the beans and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, or until liquid is slightly reduced.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream, vinegar and cornstarch, stirring till smooth. Stir into bean mixture, reduce heat, and cook, stirring for two minutes or until thickened. Season to taste with pepper.

Serve over cooked noodles, or, in a small casserole dish, spray the bottom with vegetable spray. Add layers of sauce and noodles, or mix noodles into sauce and place mixture in the casserole dish. Bake uncovered in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Garnish with green onion.

Makes about 4 servings.