The meals I make most often are usually the ones I forget to document for Worthy Pause. I’ve made this skillet thing many, many times, but it never even crossed my mind that it might be a good recipe to share here until the other day when my daughter Nilou was scarfing it down like she hadn’t eaten all day (note: she hadn’t eaten all day because she had refused all the other foods). This kid has been so picky about food for the last few months (even food she loved yesterday and will love tomorrow), so her relatively consistent stamp of approval for this dish is like the James Beard award of my house.
Toddlers like it (sometimes), but it’s not even close to a kiddie meal. It’s a grown-up meal for grown-ups who are too busy to cook complicated things tonight. This recipe is SO fast, flexible and easy. It only takes about 30 minutes at most.
You can use different sausage, beans or veggies—just use up whatever you have in the house. You could use canned tomatoes if that’s all you have. I prefer fresh because they sort of melt into the dish rather than turning it into a stew, but stew is good, too!
You could also make it paleo if you swap out the butter beans for something like potatoes or squash… though butter beans are so good in this… and so under-appreciated in general (except by my toddler, who is a much-feared and unhinged butter bean lobbyist).