1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic
1 can (15-1/2 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) sliced mini pepperoni
Additional grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Chopped fresh basil, optional
DirectionsIn a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Return to skillet with next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes.
Fluff with a fork; stir in cheese. Top with pepperoni and, if desired, additional Parmesan cheese and basil.
*NOTE can cook rice separately and add to remaining ingredients. Just leave out the water.