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Smoked Andouille Sausage and Beans

This sausage and beans recipe is the ultimate in easy comfort food… One pot + 25 minutes and it’s ready to serve!

Sausage and Beans Recipe

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!

Sausage and Beans Recipe | Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ

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.

Sausage and Beans with Arugula

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!

Sausage and Beans

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!

Sausage and Beans Recipe

Smoked Andouille Sausage and Beans

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

This sausage and beans recipe is the ultimate in easy comfort food... One pot + 25 minutes and it's ready to serve!


  • 1 (13.5-oz.) pkg. smoked andouille sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3 shallots, peeled & chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled & finely chopped
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3 handfuls fresh arugula (optional)


  1. Set the Ninja Cooking System with Auto-iQ to Stove Top on high and preheat for 5 minutes.
  2. While it's preheating, slice the andouille sausage into 1/4-inch thick discs. Add the sausage to the pot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on both sides, about 8 minutes.
  3. While the sausage is cooking, prep the beans, shallots, garlic, and thyme.
  4. When the sausage is done, add the beans, chicken stock, shallots, garlic, and thyme to the pot. Select Auto-iQ Layered Bowls: Recipe 11 and press the Start/Stop button. When the automatic timer goes off, the sausage and beans are ready to serve.



  • Swap smoked chorizo for the andouille sausage.
  • Substitute baby spinach, mustard greens, or chopped kale for the arugula.
  • Use butter beans instead of cannellini beans.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522.6Total Fat: 29.8gSaturated Fat: 9.3gCholesterol: 61.3mgSodium: 1552.1mgCarbohydrates: 42.8gFiber: 12.1gSugar: 1.2gProtein: 27.1g

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Maureen Clipperton

Wednesday 20th of December 2017

I'd love to win this.

Christi Pike

Wednesday 13th of December 2017

Love this!!

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Monday 18th of December 2017

It's SO good, Christi! I doubled it, and there was only the smallest bowl left that I finished off for lunch the next day. Teenage boys will do that to you! I did end up stirring in about 2 tablespoons of butter and adding a little extra chicken stock to the recipe as written.