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

  • INGREDIENTS
  • 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

 

  • INSTRUCTIONS
  • 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

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The Mom Chef January 4, 2011 at 2:46 PM

This does sound like an amazing dish and I'm not single or a guy. I love the Italian twist to it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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sabrinamodel January 5, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
Cheers,
Sabrina

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Diethood -noun- The state of being on a diet... always! January 4, 2011 at 4:31 PM

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!

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sabrinamodel January 5, 2011 at 8:54 PM

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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Lori January 4, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Beans and wieners be damned! This looks and sounds amazing! I will keep this one tucked away for a busy day!

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sabrinamodel January 5, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Thanks Lori, please let me know what you think once you've given it a taste.

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Tiffany January 4, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Fabulous! I will encourage my husband to make this for me!

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sabrinamodel January 5, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Good idea. I think even MY husband could make it.

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