1 lb milk Italian sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 can (15-oz) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup your favorite pasta sauce
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 small onion, halved and sliced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Hot cooked rice for serving
Chopped fresh basil for garnish, optional
Brown the sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; drain and discard fat.
Place the sausage, beans, pasta sauce, bell pepper, onion, salt and pepper into a slow cooker. Cover and cook 4 to 6 hours on low.
Serve with hot cooked rice and garnish with chopped basil, if desired.
Yield: 4 servings