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Baked Bean, Sausage and Kale Skillet

My family loves this Baked Bean, Sausage and Kale Skillet – I love how easy it is to cook up on a busy weeknight! This recipe was created in partnership with Bush’s Beans.

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First things first, I miss being here on the blog! My last post was weeks ago and I can’t even believe how fast this month has gone. Life has been a little hectic since I started my classes last month – I have humbly admitted to those in my life that have had to witness my craziness lately (my poor husband and kids), taking two science classes with labs (Anatomy & Physiology 2 and Chemistry I) in one semester was not the best idea. (For anyone who doesn’t know, I went back to school earlier this year with the end goal of becoming a registered dietitian). I am drowning a bit and struggling to keep up with the school work, not to mention the learning curve (which I hugely underestimated) that comes with a class like chemistry – think scientific calculators, basic algebra and math equations and safely working in a lab with test tubes, beakers and “stuff” (aka chemicals). Oh my. The math by itself is rocking my world a bit, my brain is definitely rusty in that department!!

Deep breaths.

All will be okay. If there is one thing I have learned about being a student of my age ( 😉 ) is that my expectations are high. Like my good friend Kristen said to me recently, it’s really okay if I don’t get an A. Just get through!

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Okay, let’s talk about this dinner. It was a hit! You all know how much I love cooking with Bush’s Beans, but I will admit I don’t get very creative with Bush’s Baked Beans my favorite way to enjoy them is as a side for barbecue. I wanted to make something different for us for dinner, and using baked beans was an easy way to pull together something quick in a skillet with it’s own built in sauce. Of course, I had to add some green so kale was a no-brainer. To keep it on the lighter side I used a smoked chicken-apple sausage (I pick up Aidells from Costco regularly).

Easy comfort food your family will love! Baked Bean, Sausage & Kale Skillet - comes together fast, perfect for busy weeknights! Recipe via

This dish was a winner! My husband said it reminded him of pork and beans – I like to think it is a little fancier than that but all that matters is everyone loved it.

I served it over brown rice. Making the rice in my rice cooker ahead of time to reheat at dinner time kept the cook time for this Baked Bean, Sausage and Kale Skillet right around 35 minutes.

Talk to you soon! Enjoy!

Easy comfort food your family will love! Baked Bean, Sausage & Kale Skillet - comes together fast, perfect for busy weeknights! Recipe via

Print Recipe

Baked Bean, Sausage and Kale Skillet

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 5 smoked chicken-apple sausage links, sliced in 1/2 " pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 6 cups chopped kale
  • 1 28 oz can Bush's Baked Beans (Brown Sugar Hickory)


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add sliced sausage and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika to skillet and brown for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add kale to skillet and cover. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-12 minutes until wilted.
  4. Add Bush's Baked Beans to skillet and simmer over for 5-10 minutes until completely warmed through.
  5. Serve over brown rice.

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Disclosure: I received compensation and product for creating this recipe for Bush’s Beans. I have proudly been in partnership with Bush’s Beans for over 5 years. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Aggie’s Kitchen!

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7 Responses to “Baked Bean, Sausage and Kale Skillet”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted September 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I could legit eat this every night for dinner!! I love the combo of beans and kale and sausage!! 

  2. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy posted September 28, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Beans are one of my favorite things in the whole world. I grew up eating Bush’s Baked Beans, so I’m DYING over this recipe 🙂 Looks freaking delicious!

  3. TidyMom posted September 28, 2016 at 11:39 am

    what a great way to use baked bean Aggie!! I can’t wait to try this!

  4. Courtney posted September 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    When you are cooking the Kale and covering it – do you leave the temperature on medium or do you turn it down to low. I am super beginner cook. 🙂

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 30, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      I kept it on medium. I’m glad you asked! Please ask questions anytime, I would love to help when I can. Happy cooking 🙂

  5. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted September 29, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I’m so proud of you, going back to school! This looks like a wonderful fall meal…love me some beans and sausage!

  6. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer posted September 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Aggie, I’m so proud of you! What you are accomplishing is a lifetime dream, girl. And this recipe … yum. I did something similar with Siracha beans, sausage, and veggies. SO easy! Always inspired by you!

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