Here we turn baked beans into an easy main dish by adding chicken sausage and collard greens. Serve with: Coleslaw and cornbread. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2008

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Whisk barbecue sauce, water, tomato paste, molasses, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and collard greens and cook, stirring occasionally, until the collards are wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sausage and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes more.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low; add beans and the sauce mixture to the pan. Gently stir to combine, cover and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

Tips

Shopping tip: Check the sodium of your favorite barbecue sauce--some can be quite high. This recipe was developed with a sauce containing 240 mg sodium per 2-tablespoon serving.

Note: While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (These recipes are analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.

Nutrition Facts

477 calories; 8.6 g total fat; 45 mg cholesterol; 1658 mg sodium. 74.1 g carbohydrates; 27.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (35)

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36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2018
Loved this! Had to make a few small changes to fit a diabetic lifestyle. One can of beans homemade BBQ sauce and lots of peppers and celery as well as more spinach (what I had on hand). Will definitely be making again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2018
Very yummy and you could vary it with sausage veggies bbq sauce very versatile. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2017
I used field roast Chipotle sausage to make it vegetarian. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2015
Great flavor easy to make We substituted the collard greens for spinach. It was so easy and very tasty. I never understand the people who have to moan about sodium or sugar or carbohydrates or whatever. Either adjust the recipe or don't use it. I am a type 2 diabetic and can use this recipe quite well. It didn't raise my sugars because I also exercise. Anyway quite a nice recipe that could be easily altered to fit one's dietary needs. Pros: Easy tasty healthy Cons: My family hates collard greens Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2015
Sounds delicious. I am definitely going to try this I love baked beans and it sounds delicious. AND it DOES seem pretty healthy to me. Molasses is good for you and there's only one Tablespoon in whole recipe. Plus as another reader suggested Stubbs BBQ sauce is much lower in sugar and sodium plus it tastes better! As with all things one needs to watch out for themselves and learn to read read READ labels. Lite is just a word used to sell things it has NO meaning Light means it is reduced calories (not necessarily carbs or sodium) over the brands original recipe and HEALTHY is determined by your overall diet and exercise not just one recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2015
Baked White Beans and Sausage. Nice recipe.....I like canned Cannellini Beans. I used Spinach in place of any other leafy greens. I think I might try Escarole next time. Also store bought BBQ sauce is so unhealthy. I always make my own. There are many recipes to follow on the internet. Be careful of the addition of salt and sugars. I also added shredded carrots to make a whole meal even better. Bon appetite Pros: This is a wonderful picnic dish or for a regular meal any time of the week. Cons: For a healthier meal I used Honey in place of Molasses. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2014
My husband loved it! My husband loved these. If you like sweet and saucy bean recipes then this is right up your alley. Didn't have the collard greens so I had to substitute Kale in the video demonstration. I also lacked molasses so I substituted with equal parts maple syrup. This was easy to make and made a great side dish to our dinner entree. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2013
Delicious collard greens recipe I like the collard greens with this and would probably like spinach too but since I liked it with the collards I'll continue to use that. I didnt add the molasses either since there was some already in the BBQ sauce I used. Someone suggested Kraft Light but check your ingredients. Just because it says light doesnt mean its healthy. I use Stubbs Original. Compared to Kraft it does not have any sucralose or preservitives and as a bonus less sodium. Pros: easy Cons: quick Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2013
Really Delicious I also used spinach instead of collard greens. Really good. I left the molasses out since I'm diabetic and didn't want that sugar. As for the sauce I used the original blend of the Stubbs All-Natural. It only has 4-5g of sugar compared to 9g from Kraft. Very tasty. Pros: Easy to make great flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2013
A hit at our house I substituted spinach for collards and it was great. It tasted even better the next day. You can't beat this for a quick meal without all of the muss and fuss. I have a few picky eaters in my family and they all enjoyed it. Pros: Easy to make economical great flavor Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/10/2013
I only used one can of beans bc I was making it for one person for the week just seemed like a lot of beans but I shluld have cut down on the bbq sauce as well. It just didnt seem so healthy to me since we are using bbq sauce in it but it was tasty Pros: Tasty beans onions sauce and the sausage Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2013
Delicious but required some tweaks Made this on a cold winter night... and WOW. It was such a hit. First off I love that I got to use collard greens. They're grossly underutilized and they're super healthy. It was just so satisfying... But here's what I had to change: 1) I used light beer instead of water. Obviously it adds calories but it also added flavor. Sue me. I refuse to add flavorless water to anything... unless I'm baking. Light beer has low residual fermentable sugars so I probably cooked of a few of the calories. 2) Where are the spices? Cumin chili powder smoked paprika thyme garlic powder onion powder etc. They don't add calories... Why leave them out? I didn't regret adding them. 3) Sausages don't come in packs of 3. Mine came in a pack of 4. I hate disparities like that. 4) If molasses is too expensive (which it is) just sub in brown sugar with a couple dashes of light soy sauce and worcestershire sauce. It worked fine for me and you probably already have that stuff in your pantry. 5) I tossed it all in a sprayed baking dish and baked it at 375 for about 20 minutes. It carmelized things a bit... There really wasn't a single bean left in the dish... We cleaned up without hesitation. So delicious. I highly recommend this dish... i just wish i had baked some cornbread to go with it. Pros: Wickedly high in fiber collards in the spotlight super satisfying Cons: Recipe lacks flavor as written Wastes sausage Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2012
Easy and Yummy I use kale instead of collard greens. I also ran out of tomato paste and decided to use ketchup tastes the same actually. I cut back on the water and just do a splash because the consistency is just too watery for me. Pros: Quick can substitute with other foods Cons: Can be too watery if not done properly Read More
Rating: 1 stars
06/30/2012
this is supposed to be budget friendly???? There is NO way this is under 3. A bottle of molasses is probably about 3. Poor choice for people on a budget. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2012
Wonderfully easy and delicious! I know a lot of the people trying this recipe are planning to use spinach instead of the collard greens. But I have to say that this was a fantastic venue for introducing them to my boyfriend who has not had them before. They held up better than I think spinach might - not getting too wilted - and being chopped and mixed in with the sauce made them not so overwhelming. I used mild chicken italian sausage and found that the fennel in it really enhanced this dish. Don't be afraid - try it the way it is!! Pros: One Pot Supper; great use of veggies Cons: Would maybe use more sausage Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2012
Great for everyone This was very easy to make and very good. My 1yr old and 7yr old loved it and so did I. I uses spinich instead of collards and cheader sausage because its what i had in the fridge. Turned out great. Pros: yum Cons:... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2012
Quick and easy This was a ridiculously simple dish to throw together with great results. I made it the day before serving since I knew the beans would absorb more flavor that way. I usually tinker with recipes but I made this one with only one change which was using an extra link of sausage. What on earth would I do with one leftover sausage link? So in it went! I love that this used collards instead of spinach. Hearty greens like collards and kale are often ignored in recipes. Easy to prepare very tasty results. What is not to love? Pros: Uses that often ignored green the collard Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2012
yum this is such a quick filling delicious dish...for the leftovers i put in deli ham which was good (my husband and i had fished out all the sausage for seconds:) )... i love the person that said this recipe wasn't healthy but suggesting using Kraft Light bbq sauce...is a bottled bbq sauce full of chemicals healthy? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2012
Delish! I made this and substituted Kale for the collard greens. So yummy! I didn't use molasses either I think the BBQ sauce was sweet enough. I will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/02/2011
Husband Loved it! This was so delicious and so easy to make! I used a can of baked beans instead since it already had the BBQ sauce in it. I still added about half a cup of BBQ sauce and a half cup of water anyway for extra sauciness. My man said he loved it which is great because it was quick and inexpensive too! I can't wait to make it again for us:-) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I used spinach instead of collard greens (just because I already had it) & pinto beans. My husband who can be a little picky about baked beans said this is "definitely a keeper" & has already asked for them again. My two kids really like baked beans so we love that this incorporates "greens" into it & does not add sugar to the recipe like most. The flavor is wonderful. We actually used turkey breakfast sausage links that I cooked & then cut into bite size pieces & then added as the recipe called for. Good recipe for kids & adults! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great recipe for kids and adults alike both my husband and toddler devoured it! its a really wonderful dish for a weeknight meal quick and tasty. the only thing that stopped me giving this an awesome rating was the sausages. i may have cut them too small but i found them to be a bit unnoticable and not really adding anything to the dish. when i am making it again i may use a chopped pork chop or some chicken breasts or perhaps grill whole sausages and add at the end. apart from that it was really good and i will definitely be making it again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I wasn't excited to cook this but I am looking for recipes that get new vegetables (like collards) into my family's diet. It was surprisingly delicious. I carmelized the onions alone because I don't like the bite of crunchy onions. I added the collards after the sausage started to release some juices because I don't typically like cooked greens; I have awful childhood memories of cooked collards so I wanted them cooked in sausage drippings. (See I told you I wasn't excited about this dish!) Next time - and there will be a next time - I will add the collards earlier. They are a heavier green than I expected them to be and they had too much body/texture in the final dish. Still it was very yummy. My 3-year-old ate it with some extra bbq sauce. Oh I also cut the collards in half and this was plenty. 4 cups of collards would have resulted in this dish being called "BBQ Collards and Sausage". Then again maybe if they were actually a bit wilted... anyways it gets a 5-star review in my book and I don't give 5 stars often. Anneliese Phoenix AZ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We love this recipe in our house. It's SO simple and fast great for a weeknight. We've done it with collard greens and spinach--obviously the spinach cooks a bit faster so I toss it in at the end. I love to have this with a hunk of good bread too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I am not a baked bean fan but my husband requests them every year for his birthday. I've easily prepared 28 versions since getting married looking for one we both would enjoy. This recipe ranks right up there as one of the best! Certainly it is the healthiest and perhaps easiest by far. Definitely a keeper...particularly love the spinach addition! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My wife and I thought this dish was excellent. Everything just worked well for this lovely June evening. Instead of chicken sausage we used pork cause we already had some. We also used a Carolina (mustard) BBQ sauce which I think made it for us served with a batch of cornbread.. Thinking about using a tomato based sauce I don't believe I would enjoy it as much but will try this with it at some point. This is definitely a dish we will be having again. Simple to make and fabulous to eat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was great! We used the collard greens and it gave the dish a really great texture. I'm not sure that I would use spinach because I think it would fall apart especially if you intend to reheat the leftovers. I used KC Masterpiece Hickory Brown Sugar sauce and a smoked chicken sausage that contains apples and gouda cheese. A super fast recipe (especially if you buy the prewashed chopped collard greens) that is perfect for a weeknight. My kids (6 3 and 2 yo) loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe was DELICIOUS! I used the Neely's jarred bbq sauce from the store and chipotle flavored turkey sausage. I wanted to serve this as a side so I cut the sausages into cubes instead of slices. I love greens so I was excited to make this dish however my grocery store was out of collard greens so I used mustard greens. I think they're a little more bitter than collard greens but it was still outstanding. This recipe will be replacing my traditional baked bean recipe! It's delicious and healthy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I don't think I'll make this again but if I do...I'll try it with Spinach or something else. We discovered that we REALLY do not care for Collard Greens. Blech. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I used chorizo and green beans and it was great! Then I used fake chorizo and spinach for my vegetarian wife and she loved it. It's all about what bbq sauce you pick out! I might just make this again tonight.... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Looks yummy - but agree that I would replace the collard greens with spinach! BUT THIS IS SUPPOSE TO BE HEALTHLY??? Suggest you forget about the molasses (!) and substitute Kraft LIGHT bbq sauce to cut down on the sugar related carbs........ the bean carbs are offset by fiber - but the hidden sugar in the original recipe sugar is just plain sugar.... Kinda have to scratch you head at those that would substitute PORK (unless it was pork tenderloin!) or worse yet pork DRIPPINGS to this otherwise potentially healthy meal! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Pretty good! Easy and cheap. I left out the molasses and addes just a little chicken stock. I would make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
comforting sweet filling Very comfort-food friendly liked having the flavor of baked beans but the added nutrients of greens and sausage to make it a meal (as a vegetarian meal it would have been great too). I should have added more greens. The type of BBQ sauce really matters though...we decided we wanted to try a different brand next time. Needed some spice. I added 2TB apple cider vinegar and 2T dijon mustard. Pros: filling nice addition of collards nice flavors Cons: type of BBQ sauce matters a lot on the sugary side. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
So yummy! I've made this recipe a few times always with Jennie-O smoked turkey sausage. I typically use Jack Daniels BBQ sauce and usually add a little extra. Pros: Delicious easy good as leftovers. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Quick and easy This recipe tastes quite good and is very easy to make. It's great as a quick make-ahead recipe. Like many of the other reviewers I skipped the molasses but did add in about a tsp of brown sugar because I wanted to counteract some of the heat in the bbq sauce that I used. I also skipped the salt. It is entirely unnecessary. I also substituted the collard greens with kale since other members of my family are not fans of collards. The kale worked well - it was not bitter and also didn't fall apart as I imagine spinach would. Next time I would like to try bok choy since I find the leafy part fairly simiar to collards when stewed or braised. Read More