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Italian sausage and white beans cooking in a skillet

Italian Sausage & White Beans

Hearty and flavorful Italian Sausage & White Beans is quick and easy. A one-pan, skillet weeknight dinner option that looks and tastes like you fussed.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1/2 Red onion
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage links (sweet or spicy)
  • 1 T. Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 1 lb. Fresh spinach (trimmed and washed)
  • 2 t. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 t. Nutmeg
  • 1/4 t. Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cans Cannellini beans (or other white beans) (15 oz. cans; rinsed and drained)
  • 1 c. Chicken stock


  • Dice red onion, red pepper and garlic.
  • Slice Italian sausage links.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, pepper, garlic and sliced sausage. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until sausage starts to brown.
  • Stir in spinach and seasonings. Cook another 5 minutes, until spinach is wilted. 
  • Cover skillet, reduce heat and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, until sausage is fully cooked.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and stir in beans and chicken stock.
  • Bring to a slow boil and cook until broth is reduced by half, about 3 to 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


  • To make the sausage easier to slice, make sure to use a sharp, non-serrated knife. If you are still having a hard time, you can firm them up slightly by tossing them in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
  • Serve with crusty bread, pasta, polenta, rice, orzo or couscous.
  • You can make this recipe up to 2 days in advance and then just reheat when you're ready for dinner.
Keyword Italian sausage & white beans