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White Beans with Greens + Egg On Top

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
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Why we love it:

If you have a pretty cast-iron pan or Dutch oven, break it out for this meal and serve it from the center of the table. We love a smashed white bean for a rich and hearty dinner but also for a winter brunch.

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces Veggie Sausages
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 15-ounce cans White Beans (cannellini, navy, or great northern)
  • 112 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 12 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 14 teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly cracked)
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme (or fresh)
  • 12 bunch Green Kale (or 3 cups baby kale)
  • 4 Eggs (maybe 8 depending on serving size preference)
  • 12 cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • 1 Lemon (zest and juice)
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Cooking Instructions

  • 1. SAUSAGE

    If using, slice the sausage on a slight angle. In a 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook on both sides until browned, about 4 - 5 minutes, then remove them to a plate.

  • 2. WHOLE BEANS

    Mince the garlic and add it to the pan. Open and drain the beans; add ⅔ of them to the pan with the stock. Season with the salt, pepper and thyme; stir and bring to a simmer.

  • 3. SMASH BEANS

    In a medium bowl, smash remaining beans with a fork until a thick paste is formed. Add the smashed beans back into the skillet and stir to combine. Simmer until the beans are heated through and simmering, about 2 - 3 minutes.

  • 4. KALE

    Wash and dry the kale, and slice into about 1 - 2” squares. We’re ok with the stems here and cut right through them, but if you prefer, you can remove them first.

    Add the kale to the beans and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often until sauce becomes creamy, is slightly reduced and kale has wilted, about 4 minutes more.

  • 5. EGGS

    While the kale is cooking, crack your eggs into a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Use oil, butter, or coconut oil as you prefer to make a fried egg. Let the eggs sizzle and get a little browned on the edges then either cover the pan for sunny side up (and no flipping!), or flip them for over easy. Turn off heat.

  • 6. PARMESAN

    Add the parmesan, lemon zest and juice, and sausage to the pan. Stir to combine and adjust seasoning to taste.

  • 7. SERVING

    Sprinkle with a pinch of red pepper flakes if desired, and perhaps more parmesan. Top with eggs. Serve with crusty bread.

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Substitutions

  • DAIRY FREE:
    omit parmesan - consider adding a shake of nutritional yeast
  • SAUSAGE:
    you can omit especially if you serve the eggs - seared tofu is also nice
  • WHITE BEANS:
    garbanzo beans are nice and will taste great but won’t make a thick sauce, pinto beans work well
  • KALE:
    any leafy green works, try spinach for a less bitter green. Or sub for a different look by using broccoli, cauliflower, or green beans - just be sure to cook them fully

Kid Friendly Version

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How to Tweak This Recipe for Kids:

  • Use sausages that they like - or swap out for with fried crispy tofu nuggets
  • Keep them whole if that’s more familiar and serve with the crusty bread for a hot dog vibe, or slice them and put the slices on toothpicks. Serve with their favorite dipping sauce
  • You can bake some of the kale at 400 with a drizzle of olive oil and perhaps garlic power or taco seasoning, and make easy chips
  • Or sub out the kale for something they’ll eat - edamame, broccoli, cauliflower, or greens beans would all work well in the bean sauce or roasted on the side

For Toddlers

  • The mashed beans are great for toddlers, serve theirs before the kale goes in
  • The texture of kale and leafy greens can be tough for toddlers so either swap it out for them or chop it up very finely after cooking it and mix it in with the beans

For Choosy Eaters

  • Try a whole white bean - cook some pasta or rice for a side dish
  • Sausage can be swapped for roasted potatoes or omitted
  • Add a fried egg on top of everyone’s meal but serve theirs on the side
  • Fill plate with raw veggies or fruit

Prep Ahead & Use It Up

  1. Cook it fully except for the eggs
  2. Or just prep the kale
  3. This dish reheats well in the microwave or a pot. Consider adding a little more stock or water as the beans will thicken a bit as it sits
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