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White beans, sausage and greens

White Beans with Sausage and Greens

Megan Casey/Budget Bytes
This quick and easy meal with white beans, garlic, greens and sausage is a hearty, comforting dish!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5 -6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 links chicken sausage
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • Pinch red pepper flakes optional
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 15 oz. cans Great Northern beans
  • 1 lb. frozen chopped spinach frozen, do not defrost
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add the olive oil and chicken sausage to a large pot and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown on the outside and slightly firm (about 5 minutes). Remove the sausage to a cutting board and slice them into rounds. Return the chicken sausage slices to the pot.
  • Continue to sauté the sausage until fully browned. While the sausage is cooking, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onions and garlic to the pot and continue to sauté until the onions are soft and transparent. The moisture from the onions should dissolve any browned bits of sausage from the bottom of the pot.
  • Once the onions are soft, add the can of crushed tomatoes, dried basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and a healthy dose of freshly cracked pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Empty the two cans of Great Northern beans into a colander and rinse with cool water. Let the excess water drain away, then add the beans to the pot along with the frozen chopped spinach (no need to thaw). Stir the contents of the pot and allow them to heat through, stirring occasionally (about 10 minutes).
  • Taste and add salt if needed. If a thicker mixture is desired, let the pot simmer longer until the sauce has reduced. Top with fresh parmesan and serve with hot crusty bread for dipping, if you have some.
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