When looking for delicious flavors with a kick, this Moroccan inspired spicy sausage with spinach and white beans is perfect dish when you are short on time but want a lot of taste.
This Moroccan Inspired Spicy Sausage with Spinach and White Beans want (and probably need) to want more veggie based meals. The Mediterrean and Northern Africa are known for its very flavorful veggie dishes so that’s immediately were I turned for some ideas.
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The original dish made with merguez (lamb sausage) and dried beans. It can take up to 8 hours to make. I’m a busy momma so it’s rare that I have that type of time on my hands. So, I had to whip of a version that utilized what I had in the house and the little time Honey & I had after the kids went to bed. Luckily, I was able to whip this recipe up in less than 30 minutes. Yup, that’s how you know it’s a winner for sure.
Fresh spinach, canned white beans, chorizo and mint from the garden.Wasn’t able to get my hands on any lamb sausage (a.k.a. merguez) but we did have some delicious chorizo already in the fridge.
One of the things I love about this recipe are the layers of flavor from the harissa, to the lemon and nutmeg. Harissa is a Moroccan spice mixture of cumin, mint, cayenne, chili powder, ginger and so many other spices. It’s what helps add such depth of flavor to this dish. It also actually packs a lot of heat. Many of the commercial brands dial back the spice but if you are lucky you can find one that let’s that fire shine bright. It’s amazing that something so simple (and quick) can be so flavorful. Oh and it makes your house smell amazing too.
I know, I typically make extremely family friendly meals but this one, filled with spice was just for the parents. Though if you have a little, and I use the term little loosely, that loves spice you might want to make this for them.
Spicy Sausage with Spinach and White Beans
Makes 6 servings
- 1 orange pepper, diced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
Tools: large pot, spatula
In a large pot, add olive oil and onions.
Allow the onions to become translucent then add the chorizo or merguez.
Once the chorizo has a bit of a crust on it, add spinach, garlic, mint, cilantro, and orange pepper and stir well.
Next add the harissa (or cayenne), black pepper, salt nutmeg and ginger.
Cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes.
Then add the cannellini beans and lemon juice.
Add additionally salt, pepper and harissa to taste.
Serve with a nice piece of toasted bread. Yum.
Hope you love this Moroccan Inspired Spicy Sausage with Spinach and White Beans as much as we did. It was absolutely perfect for our impromptu date night. If you like spice, you might also like my shakshuka recipe. Add additional spice or eat as is. No matter what you make, send me a pic. I love a good food pic.