Chicken sausage, white beans and kale with bulgur

Earlier this summer I read Under the Tuscan Sun and was completely inspired. I was immediately drawn into the world of Frances Mayes: the beautiful Tuscan countryside, the busy Saturday morning markets, the simple pleasure of gardening, and of course the Italian cuisine. Everything she cooked sounded so elegant!

chicken sausage, white beans and kale

But as I continued reading I realized that it doesn’t take a gourmet chef to make meals like hers; all you need are good quality ingredients and a joy for cooking. And that’s exactly how I came up with this simple but flavourful dinner. The sausage is the star flavour of the meal, but it is complemented perfectly by the sweet sun dried tomatoes, the bitter kale, and the Italian trifecta of olive oil, garlic, and Parmigiano Reggiano.

If you’re looking for an easy dinner that tastes like it came straight from the Italian countryside, this is it!

chicken sausage, white beans and kale

Chicken sausage, white beans and kale with bulgur
Nut free, soy free

Serves 3-4

1.5 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 chopped shallots
3 chicken sausages
1/2 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
3-4 packed cups chopped kale
1 14-oz can navy beans
1 cup dry bulgur
1/3 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano

Heat up the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When it starts to shimmer, lower the heat and add the garlic and shallots.  Cook over low heat until the shallots soften, making sure to not burn the garlic. Add the sliced chicken sausage (note: pre-browning the sausages in a frying pan for 5-10 minutes will help make them easier to slice) and continue to cook until the sausage is cooked through. Then add the sun-dried tomatoes, kale and beans. Cook until the kale has wilted, then serve over bulgur and top with Parmigiano-Reggiano.

For the bulgur: Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, then stir in 1 cup of bulgur, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook covered for about 15 minutes.

Chicken sausage, white beans and kale

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14 Responses to Chicken sausage, white beans and kale with bulgur

  1. I am such a fan of white beans. I love the combo of kale and white beans so I must give this a try.

  2. Mmm another winning recipe! I love these kinds of dishes.. one plate meals that are bursting with excellent nutrients and flavors as well!

  3. Ok I'm starving now and this just looks delicious! I've actually never cooked bulgar before! My cooking philosophy is try and cook healthy MOST of the time. Some delicious sugar and butter laden food is ok every once in awhile, but good food can and does taste delicious!!!

  4. I agree! You don't need to be a chef to make a great meal. You just need quality ingredients!

  5. Yum – that looks fantastic! I love how so many Tuscan meals incorporate white beans. Love those little buggars. :)

  6. Wow, that looks delicious! I'm starting to write out my meals in advance so I hold myself accountable to trying new recipes and making fun, healthy meals for me and my husband. This one is definitely added to the list!

  7. gahh that is definitely straight out of tuscany! I think Italian seasonings are my favorite – I always have oregano, parm, basil (it’s fresh in our garden right now!). garlic, and olive oil stocked in my kitchen haha! I’m trying to incorporate beans more into my diet so I will definitely be trying this out!

  8. I love all of your recipes, Chelsea! White beans and kale are my jam. I can't wait to try this! Also, I totally agree that all that makes up a great meal is awesome ingredients. That's why I love my garden :)

  9. If we can't be in Tuscany, why not at least enjoy food that tastes like it came from Tuscany?! :) This recipe looks amazing, Chelsea. I'm a huge fan of each of the flavors featured here–kale, Parmesan, chicken sausage, sun-dried tomatoes (<—squeal!)…It sounds like a dream dish! I hope you had a fabulous weekend, lovely! xoxo <3

  10. Since incorporating meats back into my diet I have been at a loss for creativity when it comes to sausages, so this recipe is fantastic! It sounds like the perfect combination to make me feel as though I am eating something gourmet :)

  11. Wow this looks SO good! I just heard of bulgar for the first time recently and now I really want to try it even more.

  12. This makes me want to run to the kitchen and make it – I love chicken sausage!My cooking philosophy is: fast, easy, and healthy, but with lots of flavour and boyfriend-friendly :-)

  13. I am in love with bulgur. I haven't had it in far too long! I love how nutty and hearty tasting it is.

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