Made all in one skillet, this smoky sausage dish paired with white beans and kale is the perfect easy weeknight meal. While kale may not be everyone’s favorite, once wilted over heat, it takes on a delicious creamy texture. The white beans work to add a bit of heartiness to this healthy recipe that can be made in 30 minutes or less.
Over medium heat, heat 1 tbsp oil in a 10-inch or 12-inch oven-safe skillet. Using a knife, create 4 or 5 cuts about ¼-inch deep on each sausage. Once the oil is hot, place the sausages in the oil cut-side down. Sauté the sausage until it is browned, 3-5 minutes. Turn and brown the other side, 3-5 minutes. Once the sausage is browned on both sides, remove the meat from the skillet.
Turn the skillet to medium-low heat and add the prepared onion and salt. Sauté the onion until soft and beginning to brown, 4-6 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir the garlic for 30 seconds to warm. Add the kale and soy sauce and sauté the kale in the soy sauce until it is wilted, 3-4 minutes. Add the white beans, lemon juice, ¾ of the Parmesan cheese, and the chicken stock. Stir to combine and bring the stock to a simmer. Once the stock is simmering, add the browned sausage on top of the mixture.
Place the skillet in the preheated 350°F oven. Bake until the sausage and beans are warmed through, 8-10 minutes. Once baked, remove the skillet from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and squeeze with additional lemon juice.
Creating relief cuts in the sausage is done for two reasons. First, these cuts will create additional surface area and texture for each sausage link to brown when placed in the skillet. Seconds, this extra browning will also transfer additional flavor to the skillet, heightening the flavor in the rest of the recipe.
When it comes to garlic, the cooking time is very important. Garlic can tend to have a raw flavor, so it’s imperative that it’s cooked slightly to reduce the raw flavor. Garlic is susceptible to burning quickly, so make sure not to cook the garlic for too long. About 30 seconds to one minute should be the right amount of time needed.
Make sure to both drain and rinse the white beans before adding them to the recipe. This will remove the canning liquid around the beans, which can become thick and heavy. The beans’ flavor is much better without this liquid.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 871kcal
Skillet Sausage with White Beans & Kale by Kaleb Wyse