White Beans with Spinach & Sausage

This is such an easy recipe to put together. My kids can and have eaten this as a meal if I add sausage to it, but in most cases I do not add anything but vegetables from the garden. Instead of Spinach if I have mustard greens, kale or even collards (left overs or baby collards( you can switch it up however you like. You can also use any tomatoes you have on hand, my favorite to use are grape or cherry as they add a sweet flavor to this dish.
  I rarely use canned beans, since I grow my own and or use dried beans. How I do it? Always soak over night then cook in the morning. These white cannellini beans are small and can cook up within an hour or two depending on your heat. My suggestion if using dry is to soak over night rinse in the morning. Cook in left over broth  or plain water seasoned with pepper. Cook for about an hour and  half on medium low then set aside to cool. There really shouldn’t be any left over liquid in there but if there is use or discard it’s up to you. When it comes time to cook your dinner you can simply add all the ingredients to you beans and it will cook up quicker as the beans are already tender.

3/4 pound kielbasa (turkey or chicken work great if you don’t’ want to use beef!)
2 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth works great in a pinch as well!)
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups Cannellini beans (you can use canned if needed make sure you rinse them as well)* see my suggestion above if using dry beans
Two medium sized tomatoes diced up really small, it should come to about 1 cup or more
6 cups baby spinach leaves
Freshly cracked pepper to taste


  • If using dry beans, soak over night in hot water with lid on. A trick- boil water, pour beans in , cover with lid let it sit. In the morning, rinse out then head on to the next step. 

Sausage– I cook the sausage in a cast iron skillet before adding to the beans. I like to sear it well on the sides then cut it up ( if using sausage links). Once it’s all cooked I add it along with whatever juice/grease that the sausage made from the pan and add it into the beans. If you cook in anything other than a cast iron skillet a little oil would help in the pan but I never add anything in the cast iron .  *** 

  • Pour chicken broth and garlic into a large pot. Place on medium high heat and bring to a simmer. Add in the oil and oregano then beans. Stir it up before adding in tomatoes. Heat through till the beans are tender. It takes about an hour or more depending on heat variation.  If using canned it won’t take long at all. Once beans are tender add in the spinach and cook just until the leaves are wilted. Stir it in and sprinkle cracked pepper on top.

Simple dish you can dress up or dress down. I like serving this along side ribs, or any BBQ dish. I also mash up the beans that are left over and make quesadillas out of them, perfect for lunch time.

Slow-cooker directions, Follow everything above but instead of a pot put it all into the slow-cooker. Cook sausage in a pan still, you want that nice flavor from the sear. . These small beans are small and will turn to mash for any longer than 4 hours. ( my slow cooker even on low runs hot)  Low, 4hrs or until beans are tender. Add in the greens at the end. 

I also cook this without Sausage and it tastes just as good but my kids enjoy it more with the meat


  1. My family absolutely loved this. I modified the recipe as I have 3 big boys I had to feed. I added 2lbs of Polska Kielbasa instead of 3/4, used Garbanzo instead of cannellini, doubled the garlic and used beef broth instead of chicken. They enjoyed it so much they all requested it to be doubled do they can tske it to work/school. I give this recipe 5 stars!

  2. Just finished eating this for dinner! We used Trader's Joe's Spinach and Fontina Chicken Sausage and added parmesean cheese on top. Delicious! Thank you! We really enjoyed it and found it quite filling!

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    • raisnarizona, This is where l got MelanieB. Recipe at was on Pinerest as soon as I saw it I knew l would like it I have made it twice, her way the 1st time my way 2nd time my children wants me to make it again but the 1st time way (MelanieB`s way) I told them for New Years Day and l would fix the Blackeye Peas on the side got to have them no matter what ! lol God Bless, auntbea (Maryland)

  3. You don't mention how you add or cook the sausage…do you saute it first and then just add it at the end, or does it cook in with the soup. Sorry if I missed something…
    Looks good!

    • Sausage- I cook the sausage in a cast iron skillet before adding to the beans. I like to sear it well on teh sides then cut it up ( if using sausage links). Once it's all cooked I add it along with whatever juice/grease that the sausage made from the pan and add it into the beans. If you cook in anything other than a cast iron skillet a little oil would help in the pan but I never add anything in the cast iron

    • I made your Recipe and it was Delish !!! My family loved it !!! Then the next time l maded it l used Great Northern Beans l add with your recipe a little onion,celery, dice carrots,small red potatoes and at the end I made some small drop dumplings and dropped into the pot of beans covered and simmer for about 30minutes. I never stir my dumplins l pick the pot up a little way from the burner and shake very lightly or my husband will I have parkinson`s and afraid to do it now. I also put those wire rings under my pot to keep from burning when l first time l made yours l used a 8qt crock pot !!! Thank you for recipe it gave me a few tips!!! auntbea (from Maryland)

  4. This was amazing!!! I used beef bone broth I had made this weekend to stave off a cold and it was perfect for this recipe! Great comfort food on a rainy weekend. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

      • Slow-cooker directions, Follow everything above but instead of a pot put it all into the slow-cooker. Cook sausage in a pan still, you want that nice flavor from the sear. . These small beans will turn to mash for any longer than 4 hours. ( my slow cooker even on low runs hot maybe some won’t be) Low, 4hrs or until beans are tender. Add in the greens at the end.

  5. Made this tonight with garlic and herb sausage and used sundried tomato in place of fresh. It was AWESOME! This will become a fall/winter staple for sure!

    • Sausage- I cook the sausage in a cast iron skillet before adding to the beans. I like to sear it well on the sides then cut it up ( if using sausage links). Once it's all cooked I add it along with whatever juice/grease that the sausage made from the pan and add it into the beans. If you cook in anything other than a cast iron skillet a little oil would help in the pan but I never add anything in the cast iron . sorry it wasn't added earlier been without a computer for a bit

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this simple recipe! So delicious and comforting on a cold winter night. After I added the sausage to the pot, I threw my spinach into the cast iron skillet to saute with the juices and oil left behind (I used coconut oil). The spinach sucked up all the juices and cleaned my skillet!

  7. I was disappointed in the outcome .I found it to be quite bland although I see others tweaked the recipe. I might try again using Italian sausage and Sun dried tomatoes

  8. Made this last night…kind of. I doubled it. I cooked two kielbasa rings (probably could have used 3), then added two diced onions, oregano, salt and pepper…cooked until the onions are opaque. Added 6 cans of rinsed and drained cannellini beans (I mashed one can of beans to thicken it a bit), minced garlic, and chicken broth. Heated it through and then added the diced tomatoes and two bags of spinach at the end. My husband will NOT eat spinach—ever. But he LOVED dinner last night. Even with doubling the recipe, he and my kids said there was not enough :o) It has already been added to the menu for next week again.

  9. Made this last night. It was a great dish!! I tweeked it a little. I used hot Italian sausage and only 3 cups of spinach, which was plenty! I simmered the garlic in the broth for about 10mins, then took it out. Recipe didn't say to leave in or take out. But if you crush it, I would leave it in. If you do it whole….make sure to remove so no one eats it thinking it's a bean! Overall, great dish & well definitely make again!

  10. Are cannellini beans the same as white northern beans? I looked in three major grocery stores for dried cannellini beans with no luck. Why can't I find these??

  11. Very yummy. I used 1 lb turkey sausage and 1 can of white beans, and put in some tomato paste in place of the diced tomatoes. I also added some caramelized red onions because I love them so much, and a splash of red wine vinegar. 🙂

  12. Thanks for sharing! I made this on a rainy Sunday lunch, and found it's a real winter warmer…it filled me with so much goodness, I almost forgot about the dreary weather outside 🙂

    • Haven't tried that but I would thaw it out and drain it first, I know when using frozen spinach there's a TON of extra water with it. So thaw it, and drain before placing it in. I would love to find out how it came out!

  13. Hi there! How many does this serve? I want to make it as a side dish at our "southern style wedding" and need to convert it into enough servings for 70 people!


  14. I soaked the beans overnight then put in my crockpot this morning on low to cook all day and the beans still aren't tender. What did I do wrong?

  15. I used 2 links of turkey sausage, a tablespoon of truffle olive oil, baby kale, and purple onions. It was a hit, and I'll probably make another batch later this week now that Fall has come in Georgia! Enjoy!

  16. Made this tonight. I added mushrooms and served over rice. The whole family Loved it!! This will definitely be in our regular rotation:) Thanks for posting!

  17. I am always looking for new recipes to try. My favorite ones, like this, are budget friendly! I made this today. I did a few variations. First, I chopped an onion and the garlic and I sautéed that in the pot using olive oil. Then, I sprinkled in some salt and pepper and added two bay leaves. When the onion became soft, I added in a box (4 cups) of chicken broth. Then I added two rinsed cans of Canellini beans. In addition to the oregano, I sprinkled in some parsley and a dash of white pepper. Then I added in two browned kielbasas. I bought a prepackaged ten ounce bag of fresh, washed and ready to eat spinach from Kroger. I kept adding it in until it looked like I had enough. I knew it would eventually cook down. It ended up being about half the bag. This turned out delicious! Very healthy. Good source of protein, and filling. Can't wait to make this again and experiment with a new variety of veggies. I did not add any tomatoes, but I am wondering if anyone has tried adding canned, diced?

    • I have used diced canned before, fresh is better in my opinion but canned works in a pinch!

  18. awesome recipe! Thank you for sharing it! I used canned beans and petite diced canned tomatoes (I'm a guy, so…), should have drained the tomatoes. But besides a little more liquid it turned out delicious! Definitely a keeper and a quick go to dinner card! 🙂

  19. Made this today and it is AMAZING!!! I used canned Cannellini beans x2 and added onions. I was out of oregano so I subbed it with Italian Seasoning. I also used canned Rotel Diced tomatoes. SUPER EASY and DELICIOUS, definitely will be making this again!!!

    • I was just wondering if you could use Rotel tomatoes. Also thinking I could use the latest craze in 2016- chopped salad with sweet kale(and a few other chopped salad ingredients like carrots, cabbage and other greens, since I have a half bag I think I’ll try it!

  20. Delicous! I substituted 1/2 can of Rotel tomatoes with green chillies instead of the fresh tomatoes, and added some chopped up scallions that desperately needed to be used. Everyone loved it, even my 8 & 9 year olds! Definitely will be making this again!

  21. This sounds so hearty and delicious. White beans are my favorite type of beans.

  22. Just made it this evening for the first time. AMAZING! My daughter (who is a very picky eater) devoured it! So delicious and filling!!

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  26. Made this for dinner tonight. Hubby and I both loved it. Will definitely make again

  27. I just made this dish. I couldn’t find dry cannellini beans, so I used organic canned cannellini beans. Added some bay leaves and allspice. I used fresh hot links made on a smoker. Turned out great! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  28. Just made this for dinner and it was a huge hit. I have picky eaters and after reading all the reviews I thought I would try but was sure someone at the table would refuse to eat. I was shocked cause everyone asked for this ti be added to the favorite list.

  29. could you tell me how many servings, I am on Weight Watchers and this recipe sounds so perfect, I want to try it. Thank you

    • Oh Goodness, this would serve a large family so you are looking at 10+ It’s made in a large slow cooker, a cup per person about. Does that help? Sorry if not!

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  31. I made this this weekend and it was super yummy! The whole house loved it. Featured it on my blog where I try out ideas I find on Pinterest. Check it out!

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  35. Hi! This recipe sounds yummy! I do not have the white beans; however, I do have a can of black-eyed peas. Could that work, as well? I have everything else. (I’m at home, sick with a bad cold, and don’t feel like getting out in this bad weather.) please let me know. Thanks!

    • Oh I don’t know, black eyed beans have a different flavor, any white beans would work in this, black not so much. 🙁 Not sure this would taste so good with black beans

      • It’s not black beans in question, it’s black-eyed peas. I guess the only way to know how it would taste is to try it, or just wait until I felt like going to the store and buy white beans. I’ll let you how it turned out, if I try it w/the peas.

        • I call them beans cause peas is miss leading, black eye peas are actaully beans. Sorry about that ! haha Try it, see how it works!

  36. I am using canned beans so do I still use the chicken/beef broth and cook the canned beans in this liquid? also are the canned beans hard as in uncooked?
    Thanks so much
    making it tonight

    • I have no idea what liquid is in with the black eyed peas, I always rinse any canned beans ( unless it’s in a tomato juice) Drain and use broth! Or if you have the broth cubes? You can use that with water according to directions!

    • Yes you can used canned! It will create extra juice but that’s not a big deal. Sorry for the delay , took a break for holidays!

  37. I made this using kielbasa, 2 cans of cannellini beans, one can of diced tomatoes (drained) and kale (frozen after I purchased it fresh). Next time, I will try chicken sausage and spinach as well. I served this over brown rice. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Oh how did the frozen turn out? This I have never tried. And rice, YUM! Such a great addition! Thanks so much for updating!

  38. Found this on Pinterest. I doubled the sausage, oregano, and garlic, added another cup or so of beans, and more broth to make it into a soup. It was very tasty!

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  40. Recipe calls for 2 cups of beans, is that 2 cups of cooked or dry? I assumed cooked since it said canned so I used 3/4 cup dry. Mine is looking soupy, did I do this wrong?


    • Yes it is cooked beans!! sometimes it can be soupy, elevations change so sometimes it can be soupy others not, you can thicken it up if it is your wish with cornstarch or flour

      • That answered my question as mine is very soupy. Made it today for dinner this evening. I thought it would be more of a side/main dish type of a meal. I will try thickener.

  41. Just made this and it is delicious! Followed your recipe exactly (used canned beans) and the flavor is wonderful! Definitely adding it to my rotation.

  42. This was fantastic! I am doing the Whole Life Challenge. To make it compliant I used Billinski’s organic chicken sausage, Cajun. I cooked it in the crock-pot for 31/2 hours then added the spinach. It was soupy but was wonderful!

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  46. This was great! I used canned beans and it whipped up so fast! I chopped up venison brats I had sauted and used some baby kale I found on clearance. It was like Italian beanie weanies! We topped with Parmesan cheese and it was awesome!

  47. This is one of my favorites!!! I have used northern beans and cannellini beans in the past, doesn’t matter it is good. I also use Aldi’s Spinach & Feta Chicken Sausage. This is a comfort dish my husband and I enjoy.

  48. OMG! I just noticed your bowl! I have the same beautiful china! I got it 40-50 years ago!! I’ve never seen it anywhere. I got mine with of all things, S & H green stamps!

    • If you use dried beans, you must first soak the beans overnight. Simply cover dried beans with enough water ( two inches past the beans) and let soak overnight. Rinse and drain next morning before cooking.

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  53. I’d love to do this in the slow cooker, but I’m a teacher and have to be able to leave it all day. Even best-case scenario (popping home on my planning period to throw it in) would mean it would be in there for about 8 hours. Can you help me figure out how to try to do that successfully? Do the beans have to be soaked and rinsed before going into the slow-cooker (I never use dried beans so I’m completely ignorant about them!), or could I get “larger” white beans and start with that (plus water, broth, seasonings, a little grease from searing the sausage, spinach and tomatos)??? Any help would be much appreciated!

    • Beans must soak the night before, then rinsed before putting into the slow cooker. Toss it all into the slow cooker and put on slow for you to enjoy when you get home 🙂

      • Dried beans don’t HAVE to be soaked before cooking, but maybe soaked beans cook faster? Another method: cover the beans with water, bring to a boil, boil for 5 minutes, drain, rinse, cover with water again and bring to a simmer, cooking til tender, which if the beans aren’t ancient, usually takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (If you can’t remember when the beans went into the cupboard, they’re probably ancient)

  54. This dish is awesome, have made it multiple times!!! Do you have the Nutritional info for one serving?

  55. Making this now…use only 1 cup of broth if you’re using canned beans and canned tomatoes!!

  56. Made this with black beans instead of white beans (all I had). Added 1/2 cup sautéed onions. Sprinkled grates parmasan on top when served. Great!!!! Might try sweet potatoe instead of sausage and veggie broth…..for my vegetarian son!!!

  57. I tried your recipe today and my family loved it. They all agreed that I could make it again. I did change a couple of things. I added some onion which I sauteed in the grease from the sausage then I added my chicken broth and a couple of bay leaves. I used canned stewed tomatoes since I didn’t have any fresh. Since we have southern roots I used mustard greens. It all came together quite nicely.

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  59. I tried this recipe today and my husband and I both loved it! Served with chopped green onion on top, I put a dab of shredded Mozzarella on mine and we had garlic toast with it.

    Some comments:
    I used dried Great Northern beans (2 cups) as I couldn’t find Cannellini, soaked overnight and I ended up having to cook for 2+ hours and had to keep adding broth as it cooked. Ended up using about 5 cups when all was said and done. I cooked with a lid on the pan, slightly ajar.

    I might try it with either smoked sausage or other next time. The polish sausage was okay, but I think I would prefer a different flavor.

    I did as some of the other comments suggested and sauteed the onions and garlic in the pan after I browned the sausage.

    I used a can of drained diced tomatoes and they worked well, EXCEPT that I suspect the salt/acid in them may have toughened the beans just a bit. Next time, I will add them after the beans are done.

    This will definitely be going into the rotation at our house! Thanks for a good recipe.