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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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skillet with baked beans, kale, and sausage

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!

skillet with chicken sausage, baked beans, and kale with wooden cooking spoon resting on it

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).

can of Bush's brown sugar hickory baked beans, bunch of kale, and chopped white onions on a cutting board with a knife

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!

bowl of chicken sausage, baked beans, and kale on top of white rice on a place mat with a fork


Baked Bean, Sausage and Kale Skillet

  • Author: Aggie's Kitchen
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Stovetop

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.


  • 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.

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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8 comments on “Baked Bean, Sausage and Kale Skillet”

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

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

  4. 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. 🙂

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

  6. 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!

  7. very healthy recipe beans sausages everything looks so healthy in this recipe but i wonder if i can add chicken instead of sausages because i usually don’t eat sausages does adding chicken will mess up the recipe?