Recipe: $6.09 | Per Serving: $1.52 | Yield: 4
ONE POT MEALS! For the win. This one is super simple, and it isn’t pasta-based, which makes me happy. Brown some sausage, add some beans, vegetables, and seasonings, cook for a little bit, and serve. I love easy weeknight meals with lots of flavor, and one-pot meals are the best.
Speaking of one-pot meals, they’re on their way to the coveted BEST FRIEND spot on my food list right now. For a couple of reasons: ONE) we just got an apartment! Signed the lease and everything. No island kitchen, but perfect character for us, and room to add a little peninsula/island. TWO) WE JUST GOT A CAR. That one I had to shout. I’ve lived in like 45 billion apartments, but I’ve never bought a brand new car before! It’s got zero bells and about 1 whistle (bluetooth, for safety), but we’re happy with it.
So that means we’ve just dropped a LOT of money, and budget-friendly, freezer-friendly, super fast one-pot meals are high on my priority list. But then again, aren’t they kind of on everyone’s priority list?
You can adjust this recipe to your own tastes – go for basil instead of oregano, add bell peppers and mushrooms, use fresh tomatoes instead of canned, or swap out the kale for spinach. Lots and lots of variety! In the future I might even make this without the sausage, but with a scoop of Italian Sausage Seasoning instead. :)
- 6-8 ounces sausage (homemade Italian sausage is great)
- if needed: ½ Tablespoon oil
- ½ onion, sliced into small wedges
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (or about ½ teaspoon dried garlic)
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 15-ounce cans white beans (I recommend great northern or cannelloni)
- 1 can diced or crushed tomatoes (14-15 ounces)
- 8 cups kale
- optional: parmesan cheese
- to taste: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes
- Heat a pot or large pan over medium-high heat. If using lean sausage, heat about ½ a Tablespoon of oil in the pan. Slice the sausage into thin rounds and brown on both sides. (Or, remove the casing, crumble into the pan, and brown.)
- While the sausage browns, wash and chop the kale.
- Slice the onion and add to the pan. Sauté for about 2 minutes, then add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes, and sauté about 30 seconds more.
- Drain and rinse the beans. Add the beans and tomatoes to the pot and stir well. Place the clean & chopped kale on top and cover. Cook, covered, for about 10 minutes. Stir to combine the kale and cook another 2 minutes.
- Add additional salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes as desired and serve.