A handful of simple ingredients come together with creamy Italian white beans in this one pan, weeknight friendly & dairy free meal.
BROWN: Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Slice the sausage links into bite size pieces. Coat the skillet with the oil once hot and add the sliced sausage. Cook until the sausage is browned in places on both sides, then transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl & reserve for later.
SOFTEN: Add the diced onion and shredded carrot to the skillet, reducing the heat to the lower side of medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and the carrot beginning to soften, about 10 minutes or so.
BLEND: While the vegetables are softening, transfer 3/4 cups / 200 grams of the cooked beans & 1 cup / 240 milliliters of the chicken broth to a blender and process until smooth.
SIMMER: Once the vegetables are softened, add the blended bean broth, the remaining white beans & chicken broth, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and bay leaf to the skillet. Stir to combine, increase the heat to a low-medium and bring to a simmer. Cover the skillet with a lid and simmer gently until the beans are hot and the broth a little creamy, about 10 minutes.
WILT: While the beans are simmering, de-stem the kale and chop into bite size pieces or ribbons. Once the beans are heated through, stir in the chopped kale and the reserved sliced sausage. Cover again with the lid and reduce the heat so that it stays at a gentle simmer, then cook until the kale is wilted but still retains a bit of bite and a nice bright green color, about 3 minutes or so. (If you like your kale a little softer, you can add a few more minutes to the cooking time if you like.)
SEASON: Remove and discard the bay leaf. Squeeze in the lemon juice and stir through, cooking through for a minute or so. Taste and adjust the salt, pepper and red pepper flakes if needed. Add additional lemon juice, to taste, if you like.
SERVE: If you like a thinner broth, you can add a little extra here now and warm through before serving. Delicious straight out of the skillet or with a little Parmesan to finish if you’re not dairy free.