Garbanzo Bean and Sausage Stew
Garbanzo beans in a tomato-based sauce with sweet Italian sausage and pasta. Hearty winter comfort food, it can be varied using other types of sausages. I came up with this one day when I was tired of the same old stuff, and I had picked up dried garbanzo beans at Cleveland's West Side Market.
Using canned garbanzos is okay, but they break down easier and become mushy. Using dried beans and cooking them yourself gives you a heartier, chewier bean that holds up well under stewing.
Recipe may be varied using chorizo, andouille, linguica or other ethnic sausages based on the user's tastes.