Quick & Elegant Pork & Beans– My Italian Twist

When the nights turn cold and early darkness has really set in, quick and easy meals tend to appeal to me. Recently, it was particularly freezing (by California standards) and I just wanted to race home and cook dinner from whatever I had in the fridge and pantry.

Super Fast Weeknight Meal, sausage beans and arugula

I found a package of spicy Italian sausage from Framani (fully cooked), some arugula, a few cherry tomatoes, and a hot chili- which equaled dinner to me. I have to say that my husband loved this dish in a way that I wasn’t expecting.  He kept calling it upscale bachelor food and called it almost Japanese in it’s pared down simplicity. I don’t know that I would go that far, but I totally agree that almost any bachelor would love this (or non bachelor) and moreover, any one could make this for a simple hearty weeknight supper.

Sausage Tomatoes, & Arugula Ready to be made into a simple weeknight meal

  • 2 spicy Italian sausages- casings removed and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup of baby arugula
  • 1 can of red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • ½ onion diced
  • 1 spicy chili seeded and chopped (optional- or you could use red chili flakes)
  • 1 clove of garlic- minced
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • salt and pepper


  • Sauté onions in olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until they soften and gain a little color
  • Add sausage & garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes or until sausage pieces gain a little color
  • Add beans, chili, and cherry tomatoes and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Deglaze the pan with the white wine, add the arugula, toss well and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Season and serve. You can add a bit or parmigiano reggiano, but we ate it without, and it was delicious.

Super Fast Weeknight Meal, sausage beans and arugula


  1. Diethood -noun- The state of being on a diet... always! says

    I didn't think you could make pork and beans sound elegant, let alone make them look elegant, but you did it! The Italian twist worked! :) The photos are beautiful and the recipe is delicious!

    • sabrinamodel says

      Why thank you. Don't you just love it when something so easy comes out so well? It's almost like cheating.

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