Beans and Greens and Sausage is a lovely little dish that I ate growing up with my Italian family. I think everyone should enjoy it! It’s super-tasty, easy to make, and the ingredient list is s-h-o-r-t! Give it a go for your next main dish!
I recently saw an article about restaurants in the Pittsburgh area that include a ubiquitous dish — beans and greens – on their menus. I enjoyed this dish growing up with my Italian family (and still to this day). Simple, simple, simple, delicious, and nutritious!
The article noted that it’s thought that immigrants to the area who came from Southern Italy brought along the recipe with them back in the day. I totally believe it, since my dad and his family immigrated from Italy to Pittsburgh before World War II.
Beans and Greens and Sausage
Anyway…my husband has come to love, and make, a lot of the same dishes my family has always made, including Beans and Greens and Sausage. Growing up we ate it without the sausage, but that’s my husband’s and my added touch to this dish.
This recipe might be a different from how your grandma or aunt makes it, but the beauty of it is that the base of this dish is amazing!
You might also enjoy this recipe for Quick Collard Greens with Sausage and Beans. It’s similar, and with a Southern vibe from my husband’s background.
Another Italian-inspired side dish we love is my Green Beans in Tomato Sauce. It’s the perfect side dish that’s so simple and delicious!
Beans and Greens and Sausage is an easy dish to make and it’s perfect for dinner. If you make it without the sausage, it’s a fabulous side dish or part of a lighter meal. With the sausage? Hello, main dish!
Traditionalists might use dried beans to make this, but dinnertime can get hectic at home, so we use canned cannellini beans.
If you’re a beans fan, another yummy (and easy to make) dish is my Sausage, Beans, and Rice dish. You’ll love it and it’s perfect when you need to make something with just a handful of ingredients.
This dish is versatile in that you can use your favorite greens like Swiss chard, collards, spinach, or even kale. We use whatever we have on hand, and this time it was Tuscan kale. And again, you can either use dried or canned beans.
Try this recipe for Beans and Greens and Sausage and tell me you don’t love it! It’s a simple taste of Italy in an easy-to-make dish!
Patricia Conte/Grab a Plate
Serves Serves 4-6
5 based on 7 review(s)
- 4 Italian sausage links, grilled and set aside
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 bunch of greens (I used Tuscan kale this time), stems trimmed, large leaves torn in large pieces
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 8 ounces vegetable broth
- 2 (15.5-ounce) cans Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
- Add the greens to the skillet along with the tomato paste, tomato sauce, and broth.
- Stir the mixture and add the salt, black pepper, and red pepper.
- Add the beans, stir the mixture, and reduce the heat.
- Stir and lightly mash some of the beans with the back of a wooden spoon to help thicken the sauce.
- Cook, partially covered, for about 15 minutes, or until the beans and greens are soft and the sauce is thick.
- Add the grilled sausage to the skillet for a few minutes until they’re warmed through.