The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star. -- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin --

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sausage with Spinach, White Beans & Tomatoes

HOWDY everyone!  I hope this fall finds you well & happy.  My hubby & I recently returned from a much-needed vacation visiting family in Colorado.  It was wonderfully relaxing and filled with quality family time.  We greatly enjoyed the respite from 3-digit temperatures too.  We’re back home now, and despite the still-hot temps here at home, I’m craving some of my favorite fall recipes.

I came across this one online a year or two ago, and it has become a real favorite at our house.  I made a few minor adjustments to the original recipe, but it is really simple, and comes together really quickly.  It’s perfect for a quick & hearty meal when you don’t have much time.  Just add a loaf of crusty bread, and enjoy!

Sausage with Spinach, White Beans & Tomatoes

3/4 pound kielbasa (sliced into rounds, or half-rounds, and browned)
1 cup chicken broth
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 tsp fresh from garden)
Ground cayenne pepper (to taste…NOT TOO MUCH!)
2 cups Cannellini beans (rinsed well - approx. 1-19 oz. can)
Two medium sized tomatoes diced small (about 1 cup or so)
6 cups baby spinach leaves (in a pinch, you can also use frozen, chopped spinach - thawed)
Freshly cracked pepper to taste

Brown sausage rounds and remove to a bowl.  Save drippings in pan.

Pour chicken broth and garlic into the skillet you cooked the sausage in, to deglaze.  Place on medium high heat and bring to a simmer.

Add oregano, ground cayenne pepper and beans.  Stir well before adding tomatoes.
Heat through till the beans are tender.  It won't take long at all.

Once beans are tender, add in the spinach and cook just until the leaves are wilted.
Stir in cooked sausage and sprinkle cracked pepper on top.

Serve with crusty bread and a big spoon!   (Also good served over brown rice!)

I really hope you’ll give this one a try.  It’s sure to become a family favorite at your house too!  If you do, please let me know...I'd love your feedback.

I pray your weekend is going well.  I plan to watch my Aggies BTHO Arkansas tonight!
Blessings…and Gig’em!