Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Pasta Skillet

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This Tuscan White Bean and Sausage One-Pot Pasta Skillet is a take on my favorite Italian Soup.  It is a great way to enjoy these Tuscan flavors when it is not “soup weather.”   Plus, this dinner is super easy.  You can create it in one pot and 30 minutes.  

Back when I was a kid, growing up in Chicago, our yearly summer vacation was always in Wisconsin.   My dad would pack up our minivan as efficiently as he could with a car-top carrier on top and bikes loaded anywhere there was room, and we would head up for a week of fun: biking, hiking, beaches, and picnics consisting of only local Wisconsin food.

Yes, that was the rule.  We were only allowed to eat local fare when we were on vacation.  So while our family friends ate chips and peanut butter sandwiches when they went to the beach- We ate whitefish, gourmet mustards, smoked cheddar, cherry jam, and sausage pretty much all week.  Now, looking back, we pretty much had a feast every day.

You can imagine the excitement  I felt when I had this great opportunity to create some recipes using Klement’s Sausage Company sausages.   I distinctly remember stopping every year at a food store off the highway somewhere around Green Bay and sampling Klement’s Sausage on a saltine cracker. It’s classic.

Klement’s products are authentic hand-crafted sausages made with only premium ingredients. Klement’s produces Summer Sausage, Polish Sausage, Bratwurst, Snack Sticks, and Italian Sausage.  Klement’s Sausage Company has been around for over 60 years when three brothers- John, George, and Ron Klement purchased a small sausage company in South Milwaukee.  Klement’s has come a long way since then, but they have not lost their family business values.

For information on the products that are offered by Klement’s, visit their website.  You will also find numerous tasty recipe ideas.   You can also visit them on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook for additional recipe ideas.

Did you know that September 23rd is #nationalsnackstickday? Check out these social media handles on September 23rd for #nationalsnackstickday to see all the fun ways people enjoy them!

I love making traditional Italian dishes, but I don’t always find the ingredients I am looking for here in Iowa.  I used the find a store feature on their website and was pleasantly surprised when I saw that stores in Iowa, and stores really close to me, carry their products.

This Tuscan White Bean and Sausage Pasta Skillet are flavorful and really easy to make.  I am always trying to create somewhat simple dinners because I always feel like I am in a time crunch.   Using Klements Cooked Italian Sausage in a dinner recipe makes sense because the sausage is already cooked.   Plus, you don’t need to add too many additional ingredients to achieve a meal filled with flavor.

This meal is made all in one pot- under 30 minutes.


five Klement’s Italian sausages- cut into rounds

1 can of cannellini beans

3 cloves of garlic- minced

2 tablespoons of olive oil

5 cups of chopped kale

2 medium-sized carrots, peeled and chopped

1 small onion, chopped

2 1/2 cups of chicken broth

1/2 cup of milk

2 bay leaves

12 ounces of pasta

Method:  In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, cook carrots, onions, and kale in olive oil until the onions become transparent and soft.  Add sausage rounds, beans, chicken broth, milk, bay leaves, and pasta.  Cook pasta until the pasta is al dente. About 10-15 minutes, depending on what shape of pasta you use.  Remove bay leaves and season with salt, pepper, or parmesan cheese if you choose.

This meal was absolutely delightful.  My kids love all meals consisting of pasta, and my husband loved how this Klement’s  Italian Sausage had a little bit of a “kick” to it.  I just loved it because it reminded me of growing up in Chicago and eating Italian cuisine- mostly made by my mom.

 Visit Klement’s website to see where you can obtain their products.  Visit them on social media, specifically for #nationalsnackstickday  Klements has handles on Instagram,  Twitter,  Pinterest, and Facebook.  Klement’s Sausage Company

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  2. I would certainly not have leftovers if we made this one! i love the combo of pasta and sausage together.

  3. That awesome recipe looks so simple to make yet it’s so delicious! will definitely give it a try for my family! Thanks for sharing!

  4. My goodness, this is such a delicious recipe that look so easy to do with some healthy ingredients where white beans are my favorite anytime. We love pasta so much and I am going to try this one right away!

  5. Ah, that was fun that they had you eating the local dishes only. Funn too that you got to re-create some on your own.

  6. That looks so yummy. I love the use of so many fresh ingredients.

  7. Louise Bishop

    Wow, very fresh looking and sounding products. I definitely wouldn’t mind trying these out!

  8. This looks REALly yummy! Would love to try this soon!

  9. Adding kale to my meals has become a big favorite. It helps me get my veggies and adds a unique flavor to the dish.

  10. Oh my, that looks mighty delicious. I’ve been using white beans more and sausage so it makes since to combine the two in your recipe.

  11. I love one pot meal… no-stress, no-mess! TUSCAN WHITE BEAN AND SAUSAGE PASTA SKILLET looks delish!

  12. We love pasta and i think we will love this recipe. I can’t wait to go home and try this.

  13. Yummy and tempting at the same time! I’m gonna make this for my family.

  14. Nicole Etolen

    I want to try this recipe. My son loves beans and sausages too so I think this is a wonderful idea.

  15. that looks really good. I only know of a few sausage recipes, I’ll add this one to my list!

  16. Now this sounds great. I’m going to bookmark this for when I get home. I’d love to make it for the family.

  17. Elizabeth O.

    The pasta looks amazing! It’s nice that you have a rule wherein you’d only eat the local fare, i think it’s a great way to learn more about the place that you’re visiting, through their food. and that’s also an awesome way to support the locals!

  18. Looks simple, delicious and flavorful. My kind of recipe 🙂

  19. Eat only local food- what a great idea! I just road tripped across america and spent the whole time searching for indian food lol. Bad! This looks delish!

  20. love all the flavors in this dish….but i mostly love the fact that I have all kinds of kale, garlic and carrots from my csa that i need to use up asap! What a great recipe with the most perfect timing! 🙂

  21. I love simple meals like this for weeknights!

  22. Right now I”m feeling pretty jealous of your wisconsin vacations and menu. We wanted to go to Wisconsin for Vacation this summer, but it didn’t work out this year. I lOve this One pot dish. Such great timing with School starting up I’m on the lookout for quick and easy dinners.


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