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Italian sausage with broccoli and white beans

Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
20 min
10 min
10 min
This one-serving, 20-minute main dish is ideal for a busy weeknight when you’re cooking for yourself. Cannellini beans have a wonderfully silky texture and nutty flavor that pairs well with the savory chicken sausage. Substitute spicy sauce for the sweet variety if you’d prefer a little spice in this entrée. Canned beans keep the prep time short and rinsing them cuts their sodium content by 40 percent—a nice payoff for a quick-and-easy step. If you find you have larger broccoli florets, cut them into smaller bite-sized pieces so they cook evenly. Crushed red pepper flakes add a nice hit of heat, but you can amp it up by using ground red pepper instead.


extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp

broccoli florets

2 cup(s), cut in bite-size pieces

cooked chicken sausage(s)

3 oz, Italian variety, or turkey sausage, thickly sliced

uncooked onion(s)

½ cup(s), chopped

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

canned cannellini beans

½ cup(s), rinsed, drained


¼ cup(s)

table salt

1 pinch, optional

grated Parmesan cheese

1½ Tbsp

crushed red pepper flakes

1 pinch, optional


  1. Heat oil in small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add broccoli, sausage, and onion; cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is almost tender, about 7 minutes.
  2. Add garlic; toss. Add beans, water, and a pinch salt (optional); cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is tender and beans are hot, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with Parmesan and pepper flakes.
  3. Makes 1 serving.

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