Sausage, bean, greens gratin.
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Sausage, Bean and Greens Gratin

This easy gratin casserole with sausage, bean, greens, and cheese can be made as a skillet dinner or as individual ramekins for easy serving. It's a healthy, inexpensive, and delicious real food recipe you can easily make vegetarian.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 486kcal
Author: Jami Boys


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage spicy, turkey, chicken, pork - your choice*
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups cooked white beans = 2 cans - or any bean you have
  • 1 14- ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste omit if using spicy sausage
  • 3 cups chopped kale spinach or chard
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheese like mozzarella fontina, cheddar, or parmesan


  • Brown sausage in a large skillet (use cast iron or other 0ven-proof skillet if making as a skillet dinner) over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is softened.
  • Add beans, water or broth, tomatoes, and spices. Bring to a boil, lower heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. If it seems dry, add more water/broth at this point and taste for seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Turn heat up to medium and add greens. If using spinach, cook only until the spinach wilts; if using kale or chard, cook until tender, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Preheat broiler and set rack a few inches below.
  • For Skillet: Top mixture with cheese and place skillet on rack, broiling until cheese is brown and bubbly (about 3 minutes).
  • For Ramekins: Divide the mixture between 6 one-cup ramekins and top each with about 1/4-cup of cheese. Place the ramekins on a cookie sheet and broil a few inches from the heat until the cheese is melted and browned.
  • Serve immediately with bread to sop up all the lovely juices.


*This is easy to make meatless, by the way- just leave out the sausage and cook the onion in butter or olive oil before proceeding with the recipe. It will probably only make 4 servings unless you add more beans, though.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1042mg | Potassium: 949mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3619IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 5mg