This sausage and beans recipe is the ultimate in easy comfort food… One pot + 25 minutes and it’s ready to serve!
This post was created in partnership with Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.
Have you ever heard of the Law of Attraction? The basic premise is that you attract what you’re sending out into the universe. This can be as general as positive and/or negative emotions or as specific as making a clear request for an item. I’m not 100% sure where I stand on this, but there’s no denying that I’ve experienced some strange coincidences personally.
Like how I mentioned back in October that I was looking for a good deal on a larger programmable slow cooker… And not even a week later, I received an email about testing out the Ninja® Cooking System with Auto-iQ™! Even better, it’s not JUST a slow cooker. The Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ is actually a multi cooker that encompasses four appliances in one: a slow cooker; a stove top for searing and sautéing; a steamer; and an oven for baking. So I can actually make all of my favorite slow cooker recipes in it and more!
I gave the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ a test drive with a sausage and beans recipe I found in the included cookbook. It’s very similar to a recipe my dad always made when I was younger, so I was super excited to try it. The best part?
One pot and 25 minutes later, it was ready to be served. I could get used to this!
Basically, I used the Stove Top function to brown some sliced smoked andouille sausage, which takes about eight minutes or so. Then I added two cans of rinsed and drained cannellini beans, some chicken stock, chopped shallots, garlic, and fresh thyme. Finally I stirred in a few handfuls of arugula to lighten it up a bit.
From there, it was as simple as selecting the Layered Bowls function and choosing Recipe 11 with the dial. The Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ did all the work from there. I love how it’s truly set it and forget it. Ninja’s Triple Fusion Heat® brings bottom, side, and steam heat together to ensure even and consistent cooking.
My actual stovetop is very finicky, and I don’t dare walk away from a pan that’s simmering on it. But with the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ, I can actually go take care of other tasks and trust that my recipe will turn out perfectly. And it did — ten minutes later my sausage and beans were ready to serve!
This sausage and beans recipe is super versatile! You can swap butter beans for the cannellini beans, or use smoked chorizo instead of the andouille sausage. Use your favorite greens instead of the arugula — other suggestions include baby spinach, mustard greens, or chopped kale.
I served it with a crusty baguette and a simple salad, but if you have the time to spare, it would also be fantastic with some homemade cornbread. My dad’s recipe calls for a large pat of butter stirred in for richness, and I think I’ll give that a try next time. Either way, this hearty recipe is sure to please!
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