Friday night beans, greens, and sausage

Beans with greens and sausage recipe by Primary Beans


I probably make this every-other-Friday (at least). It’s easy enough to make after a long work day, but special enough for it to feel like a Friday. I almost always make my beans in the Instant Pot during the week the magical device cooks up dried beans to perfection in 45 minutes or less (and no pre-soak!). Enjoy with red wine and crusty bread that’s rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil. Lesley

Which beans to use? So many beans work well here: CannelliniCranberry, Ayocote Morado, Mayocoba, and really whatever other variety suits your fancy. Take 'em from dried to cooked with our guide

Featured bean: Cannellini

Other beans to try: AlubiaFlageoletBaby Butter, Classic Flat White

Take 'em from dried to cooked with our guide

Print recipe here


The details

  • Serves: 3-4
  • Time: 25 minutes (plus bean cooking)
  • Cookware: large skillet, large pot, bean cooking vessel of your choice


What you’ll need

  • 1 lb dried beans, cooked according to our guide, strained
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 large bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed of tough stems
  • 3 tbsp olive oil 
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ pound hot Italian sausage (if using link sausage, remove it from the casing)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano, for serving



Cook the sausage: Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium. Crumble sausage into the skillet, using a spoon to break it into small pieces. Cook until starting to brown and cooked through, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon.

Prepare the broccoli rabe: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Roughly chop broccoli rabe, add it to the pot, and cook for 3 minutes. Strain in a colander, run cold water over it, and once cool, squeeze out water and chop. In the same skillet you used for the sausage, add 1-2 tsp oil over medium heat (depending on how much fat remains from the sausage). Add broccoli rabe and a pinch of salt. Stir in sliced garlic and sauté until garlic is soft, 2-3 minutes.

Serve and enjoy: Fold broccoli rabe and sausage into the pot of beans. Serve in shallow bowls and top with grated cheese and pepper.

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