Dried haricot beans in a tomato sauce with a spicy sausage make a good, cheap, nourishing meal. It works equally well with other dried beans if you prefer.
Soak the haricot beans for 2 hours in warm water until swollen. Drain, cover with fresh water and simmer with the bay leaf and the
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and cook the onion and the chopped garlic in it until soft. Add the thyme and marjoram, and the tomatoes, sugar and wine, and cook over moderate heat for 20 minutes, when the sauce should be thick and aromatic. Mash the tomatoes with a fork to give an even consistency and add the sausages, cut into chunks. Cook together for 10 minutes.
Mix in the hot drained beans and then turn into a warmed pottery dish; sprinkle with finely chopped parsley and serve. Follow with a green salad.
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