June 14, 2012

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.



Ingredients
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

Directions ** I can't believe I never told you how and when I add the sausage in! I am so sorry everyone I've been without a computer for several weeks so I couldn't add it in.
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 .  *** 
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. 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.

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

Enjoy!

41 comments:

  1. This looks so good. I don't eat kale often but I could use spinach. I will make this soon!

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  2. We love beans so maybe I'll borrow your recipe and give it a try.

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  3. Yum! We love recipes like this

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  4. Oh, my! What a lovely dish and nice photos! You have succeeded in tempting me :)

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  5. This looks so tasty! During our move, I discovered I had an enormous amount of beans, this recipe is a life saver. Thank you.

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  6. Anonymous8:21 PM

    Pour over fussili pasta

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  7. Anonymous5:35 PM

    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!

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  8. 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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  9. Can you add a Pinterest button? I'd love to add this to my recipes board! :)

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    1. I used to have a Pin Button but it messed everything up, you can add add in the PInterest app for Chrome though so whatever webpage you are on you are just a click away from adding it onto your Pin boards

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    2. 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)

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  10. Anonymous8:50 AM

    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!

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    1. Anonymous3:23 AM

      she sears it in a cast iron pan then add it to the beans.

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    2. 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


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    3. auntbea091:42 AM

      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)

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  11. this looks AMAZING! i cant wait to try it! do you happen to know what the calorie count is on this per serving?

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  12. This was amazing!!! I used beef bone broth I made and it was so good! Thank you for the recipe!

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  13. 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!

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  14. can this be done in the crock pot??

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    1. It sure can, yes! I've done it many time,

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  15. Cheryl8:54 PM

    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!

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  16. Add what stage did you add the sausage?

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    1. 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

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    2. Can you provide the nutritional value for this dish; it sounds and looks delicious?

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  17. I tried the recipe yesterday... It was delicious! Thank you for sharing... :)

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    1. Anytime! Glad you enjoyed!

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  18. Totally pinned this last night and made it for dinner tonight. It is delicious and so comforting with winter weather. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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  19. 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!

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    1. Oh lovely idea on the juices! Yummm So glad you enjoyed, and it is great for cold weather!

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  20. Anonymous3:57 PM

    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

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  21. 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.

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  22. Anonymous9:18 AM

    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!

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  23. 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??

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    1. I have used white beans and it's fine! Cannellini beans are just like kidney beans only white. White northern should work

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  24. 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. :)

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  25. Anonymous9:31 PM

    How do you prepare the beans and sausage before going into the crockpot.

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  26. 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 :)

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  27. Is it OK to use frozen spinach instead of fresh?

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  28. Is it OK to use frozen spinach instead of fresh?

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    1. 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!

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