- 1 pkg of smoked sausage, sliced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 cans (14.5oz each) chicken broth
- 2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 C uncooked rice
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 2 C fresh spinach, roughly chopped
- 1/2 C half-and-half
- Grated Parmesan, optional
In a Dutch oven, saute the onion, garlic, and sausage in the olive oil until onion is crisp-tender. Add remaining ingredients except spinach and half-and-half and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until rice is done, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach and half-and-half, cook 5 minutes more or until spinach is wilted. Salt and pepper to taste and top with grated Parmesan, if desired.
This is a really easy one pot meal. It's easily lightened up by omiting the half-and-half and/or the parmesan. It will still have great flavor. I sometimes like to use a purple onion, it adds nice color. I really love the flavor of thyme, so sometimes I skip the oregano and double the thyme. I don't always use fresh spinach. In fact, I usually just toss in a handful or two of frozen chopped spinach- I buy it in the bags so I can more easily use the amount I want, I hate those little boxes.