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
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