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Pasta with White Beans Sausage

Pasta with White Beans, Sausage, and Mustard Greens

I wanted to post a recipe that my wife made for me the first time she cooked me dinner. It was almost 30 years ago while we were just starting to date. The recipe itself is a good one and has become a family favorite over the years.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Mustard Greens, Pasta, Sausage, White Beans
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 419kcal


  • Pot for boiling pasta
  • Large Sauté pan


  • 1 lb. Frozen mustard greens you can substitute fresh collard or Mustard greens, but frozen is much simpler.
  • 1 box medium pasta shells penne works well with this dish also
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb sausage I use Jimmy Dean’s sausage roll, but any flavored pork (or turkey sausage will do)
  • 15.5 oz can cannellini beans rinsed & drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
  • Red pepper flakes optional
  • Garlic Bread


  • Defrost the frozen mustard greens and remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, in salted boiling water, until just al dente. Do not drain, you may be using the pasta water for the sauce
  • While the pasta cooks, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat in large skillet.
  • Add the sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
    Pasta with Sausage
  • Break up any larger pieces with a wooden spoon.
  • Add mustard greens to the sausage
  • Cook 1 to 2 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the cannellini beans and fold into the sausage and greens mixture.
  • Add cooked pasta to the skillet, toss to coat.
    Pasta and White Beans
  • As you are folding the mixture together, the pasta with continue to absorb some of the liquid that is in the skillet.
  • If the pan becomes too dry, add a ladle full of hot pasta water
  • Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Most sausage will have a decent amount of spices already. Red Pepper flakes and/or garlic salt can be added if desired.
  • Top with grated Parmesan cheese and serve with Garlic Bread
    Pasta with White Beans Sausage



Substituting Spinach for Mustard Greens is not suggested, as it really does not have a lot of taste, compared to the bitter greens


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.1g | Protein: 18.8g | Fat: 16.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 26.7mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 384.9mg | Fiber: 10.9g | Sugar: 6.8g | Vitamin A: 3761.3IU | Vitamin C: 49.1mg | Calcium: 274.5mg | Iron: 8.5mg
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