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Aug 29

Italian Sausage and Beans Skillet

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This hearty Italian Sausage and Beans Skillet is a tasty, healthy, one-pot meal! Big chunks of spicy Italian sausage (or sweet or mild if you prefer) with green beans, cannellini beans, onions, garlic, salty olives, and fresh basil all smothered in a sauce of San Marzano tomatoes makes for a satisfying dinner of rustic Italian flavors. This is truly a one-pot meal and needs no accompaniment, but if you’d like to serve something on the side I’d recommend either a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette or a hunk of crusty bread. Either one would be a nice complement! Not only if this dish filling and flavorful, but each 1 ¼ cups serving is just 291 calories or 6 WW Points. To view your WW Points for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!

Sausage and Beans Skillet serving in a bowl

Recipe Tips

  • Sausage Type: I use hot Italian poultry sausage because I like spice, but if you don’t like the heat, feel free to substitute mild or sweet Italian poultry sausage. Wegmans (my local grocery store) sells uncooked Italian sausage specifically labeled “poultry sausage” but either uncooked turkey sausage or chicken sausage will work.
  • Cutting the Sausage:
    • If your uncooked sausage comes in links, you’ll want to remove the casings for this recipe. I found it easiest to cut the sausage into 1” chunks before removing the casings (it cuts easier) and then just pushing each piece out of the casing.
    • If you are able to find loose/bulk uncooked poultry sausage without casings (or for example, Wegmans also sells their sausage in uncooked patties that can just be mushed together to make one big pile of uncooked sausage), you can use that instead and just make it into 1” chunks or roll it into 1” meatballs.
    • You could also just leave the sausage loose (like ground meat) and break it into crumbles which would save the effort of breaking it into chunks, but I rather liked having larger meatball-like pieces, so I do recommend cooking the larger chunks if you have time.
  • Green Beans: I used fresh green beans for this recipe, but if you have leftover green beans or canned green beans you could use those instead. If your green beans are pre-cooked or canned (and drained), just toss them in at the end with the olives rather than adding them earlier and let them heat through for a few minutes.
  • San Marzano Tomatoes: San Marzano are a special variety of plum tomato that are especially delicious and make for a rich and flavorful sauce in this dish. They generally cost a little bit more than regular canned plum tomatoes, but I think it’s worth it! To “roughly chop” them for this recipe you can either pour the can into a mixing bowl and cut the tomatoes with a butter knife or you can just wait and break them up with a spatula/cooking spoon once you add them to the pan.

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Looking for more tasty One-Pot Meals like this Italian Sausage and Beans Skillet? Check out my Chicken Taco Rice Skillet, One-Pot Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese, Cheesy Spicy Black Bean Skillet, One-Pot Meatballs and Macaroni, Maple Dijon Chicken and Squash Skillet, One-Pot Creamy Tomato Pasta with Chicken and Spinach, One-Pot Cheesy Chili Mac, One-Pot Turkey Veggie Spaghetti, Sheet Pan Meatloaves with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans, One-Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Pasta, Chicken Pot Pasta, Mexican Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Skillet, Beefy American Goulash, and many more in the One-Pot Meals category of my recipe index!

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Italian Sausage and Beans Skillet

This hearty Italian Sausage and Beans Skillet is a tasty, healthy, one-pot meal!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ lbs uncooked Italian turkey sausage, casing removed if present, cut into 1” chunks
  • 2 ½ cups fresh green beans, cut in half to be shorter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 oz can San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes, undrained and roughly chopped
  • 15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 pitted kalamata olives, cut in half
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil


  • Drizzle the oil into a large sauté pan or walled skillet. Bring the oil over med-high heat. Add the sausage pieces in a single layer and cook, stirring/flipping occasionally, for 5-6 minutes until the chunks are browned on the outside. Add the green beans, onions, and garlic and stir. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 5-6 minutes until the onions are softened.
  • Add the undrained can of tomatoes, the cannellini beans, and the salt and stir to combine. Use your cooking spoon/spatula to further break apart/chop the tomatoes if desired. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer covered for 10 minutes, stirring once in the middle. After the ten minutes, add the olives, stir, and re-cover the pan. Simmer for another 3-4 minutes. Stir in the basil and serve.


WW Points:
6 per (1 ¼ cup) serving (Points calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
Nutrition Information per (1 ¼ cup) serving:
291 calories, 22 g carbs, 6 g sugars, 12 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 23 g protein, 5 g fiber, 847 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)
Weight Watchers PointsPlus:
7 per (1 ¼ cup) serving (PP calculated using the nutrition info above)
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

12 comments on “Italian Sausage and Beans Skillet”

  1. My picky husband LOVED this receipe5 stars

  2. I love green beans and all dishes are made by them are really great!

  3. good recipe. i will do with this

  4. Green beans are one of my favorite foods, and all of their meals are excellent.5 stars

  5. This was absolutely DEE-LICIOUS!! The recipe called for 1 1/2 pounds of sausage, but I used two rolls (2 pounds) of the sausage and feel like it really needed that extra half pound. This will definitely be in my rotation!5 stars

  6. Wow, the tomatoes make all the difference. As I have a garden full of herbs, I did double down on spices and herbs. I only had 2 olives so I cut the salt and used some of the brine. This is perfect for using up vegetables. I’m putting this on regular rotation.5 stars

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  9. Absolutely delicious!!!!
    Easy to make and not bad for the body either. Definitely will be making this again! Thank you!5 stars

  10. Found this recipe when looking for something to combine Italian sausage and green beans. Didn’t have fresh basil so used dried. Also left out the olives since I don’t care for them. Absolutely delicious! Will definitely make again!  

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