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A quick and easy dinner in a skillet! This meal of zesty sausage and white beans with rice can be made in under 30 minutes!

Zesty Sausage and White Bean Skillet

Happy New Year!! It’s 2018! It feels odd to write that – in the way that it always does at the beginning of the year when you need to re-train your brain to write down something different than what it’s used to.

What did you do for New Year’s Eve? We had a very low-key evening, about as low-key as you can get. We went for dinner at Etienne’s parents’ house, stuffed ourselves, then put the kids to bed and watched some Netflix, followed by the ball-drop in NYC. I read an article this weekend that said that 69% of people were staying at home for New Year’s Eve – either at their house or a friend’s. It made me feel a little better about having zero plans.

What is it about feeling like you need to celebrate the last day of the year in a special way? I guess it’s the same reason people feel obligated to make resolutions for the new year!

After over-indulging for the last month and a half, Etienne and I determined that maybe people hit the gym and give up sweets in January not because they’ve made a “resolution”, but because their bodies are screaming for a break from all of the indulgence and festivities they’ve been experiencing since November!

While I could never completely break up with my good pals sugar and carbs, I do have a few healthier, wholesome recipes planned for you in the near future – starting with this zesty sausage and white bean skillet!

zesty sausage and white bean skillet

Is this truly a 30-minute dinner?

This meal ACTUALLY only takes 25-30 minutes to cook, so it’s perfect for those busy weeknights!

It’s a simple dish to prep either the night before, or a few hours before. Dice up the peppers and onions, then gathering up all of the spices.

You can use any kind of sausage you like, but I usually buy a link of garlic flavoured sausage. I’ve also used dried navy beans instead of canned beans, but it does take a bit more prep work in that you need to soak the beans overnight and pre-cook them before adding them to this skillet. The dish has only a mild hint of spice, so please, feel free to kick things up a bit with a little extra chili powder or even some cayenne (or add some diced jalapenos)!!

Does this sausage and white bean skillet make for good leftovers?

I’ve made this hearty dish a few times in the past month, since it’s continuously a hit with the whole family. It definitely makes great leftovers – a perfect lunch for the next day! You can also make a double batch of this and freeze half for another day.

Whether you’re still on holiday and looking to get some more nutrition in your diet, or you’re back to work this week, I’ve got at least one dinner covered for you.

Here’s to a great 2018!! 🙂

zesty sausage and white bean skillet

zesty sausage and white bean skillet

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zesty sausage and white beans

Zesty Sausage and White Beans

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  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


A quick and easy dinner in a skillet! This meal of zesty sausage and white beans with rice can be made in under 30 minutes!


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb package sausage (smoked, garlic), sliced into 1/2″ rounds
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup wholegrain brown rice
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 14oz can diced tomato
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 14oz can white beans


  1. In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the sliced sausage, and fry for another 5 minutes, or until the sausage begins to brown. Add the green pepper and rice, and cook for an additional minute.
  2. Add the tomato paste, paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Add the can of diced tomatoes, chicken broth and white beans and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed. Serve immediately.

Leftovers keep in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: skillet
  • Cuisine: american
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Zesty Sausage and White Beans

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  1. We had a really low key New Year’s Eve too!! We stay home with fur baby and make something yummy and watch some movies! We were tired at 8pm, but pepped up a bit after a while (thank goodness we made it to 12, lol). P.S. It does feel weird writing 2018. 2017 went by way too fast! Happy New Year, Katherine! Can’t wait to see all your delicious recipes this year! If it’s anything like this skillet, it’s gonna be a yummy year 😉 XO

    1. That sounds like the perfect evening, Dawn!! I know that exact feeling of catching a second wind, haha. I was in bed at 12:05 😉 Thank you so much my friend!! It’s going to be an exciting year!! XO

  2. this looks DELISH! love easy weeknight dinner ideas, I am always looking for something quick and easy! happy new year! ha ha i love hearing everyones intentions for the new year, sounds like we all overindulged a little over the holiday season! have a great 2018!

    1. Thank you Georgie!! I am always in need of something quick and easy too. It makes life much less hectic when it only takes 30 minutes!! Hah – I think that’s just one of the pains of being a food blogger – constant indulgence 😉 Cheers my friend!

  3. Happy New Year, Katherine!

    We had king crab, watched our usual Midnight In Paris and were in bed by 11, lol! Super party animals over here….

    This skillet dish looks right up our alley – exactly the kind of thing I’m craving right now!

    1. Oh my goodness, king crab is an excellent tradition. I might have to steal that one 😉 We’re total party animals too, so you’re in good company! Thank you Marissa! Happy New Year!

  4. Happy New Year Katherine!!!!
    I am loving quick and easy dinners right now and this sounds perfect. Great because getting back to the daily rush and chaos….you really need something quick but so delicious for dinner.
    Looking forward to all your new yummy recipes for 2018 🙂

    1. Happy New Year to you, Ashika!! YES – that’s exactly what this dish is for. Life can be so hectic during the week – everyone needs an easy win! Thank you so much, I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store too! 🙂

  5. Happy New Year Katherine! This is my kind of hearty winter meal! Love the brown rice and the white beans. My husband would love this one!

    1. Happy New Year to you!! Yes – it screams winter! It sounds like our husbands have similar taste buds 😉 Cheers, Mary Ann!

  6. This is such a wholesome and comforting meal! Perfect to cozy up on a busy weekday! Happy New Year Kathy! Please keep more of such recipes coming! I really need to eat healthy for a couple of months to balance all those sweets!

    1. Yes!! It’s perfect for a busy weekday – and we all need some healthy meals for the start of this year. Too much indulgence this past month! Thank you Deepika – Happy New Year!!

  7. Mmmmmm….loads of flavor in every bite! Plus, I love skillet dinners and I need to get out of my dinner rut!

    1. I love skillet dinners too – one and done!! I hope this helps with your dinner rut – Happy New Year, Liz!

  8. Looks like the perfect dinner! I love your ideas on how to customize thiscrevipe to your own tastes. On New Years Eve, I also stayed at home and was in bed by 10pm hehehehe.

    1. Haha you definitely weren’t alone. It sounds like a low-key NYE for most people this year!! XO

  9. It sounds sooo yummy! I’m a big fan of sausage and white beans together so this is wonderful! I love how it only took 30 minutes to cook. Thanks for sharing Katherine!

    1. I just love sausage!! We eat a lot of it!! Thanks Christie!! Gotta love the 30 minute meals!