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Crockpot Sausage, Beans, and Greens

Crockpot Sausage, Beans, and Greens is a healthy and delicious dish I’ve made over and over! This tasty recipe is low-glycemic, gluten-free and South Beach Diet friendly. It also freezes well, so don’t be afraid to double the recipe if you have a large slow cooker. Use Slow Cooker Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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Sometimes I forget about crockpot recipes when it’s summer, but actually slow cookers are a wonderful way to cook when you don’t want to heat up your house. This week I had lots of collard greens in my garden, so I used the slow cooker to make this Crockpot Recipe for Sausage, Beans, and Greens. My neighbor Michelle loves this recipe, and she tells me you can also cook it on the stove if you’re in a hurry or don’t have a crockpot.

I used pinto beans, but you could make this with any type of dried beans and kale or swiss chard could replace the collards if that’s what you have. Crockpot dishes tend to be not too photogenic, but luckily I had some leftovers to try more than once on the photos, and trust me when I say this picture is a big improvement on the previous one! And if you’d like a lower-carb version of this recipe just use more sausage and greens and a lot less beans and it will still be delicious!

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Soak dried beans overnight, then drain, add fresh water, garlic powder, and onion powder, and simmer on low heat until beans are soft. (Cooking time will depend on how fresh the beans are, but probably 30-45 minutes for most beans. You can also cook the beans in the crockpot if you have plenty of time.) You can use canned beans, but soaked and cooked dried beans are much better. When beans are almost cooked, brown the sausage well in a non-stick frying pan. (You’ll need to add a little oil for turkey Italian sausage.) Get the sausage as brown as you can, then let cool and cut into slices. Also slice up the collard greens.

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Put collard greens in the bottom of the crockpot. Deglaze the pan where you cooked the sausage with 1/2 cup bean cooking liquid and fresh garlic, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Put drained cooked beans and sausages in the crockpot on top of the collard greens, then pour over the deglazing liquid from the pan. Cook on low 4-6 hours or on high 2-3 hours, or until collard greens are quite soft. (If your crockpot is larger than I used, you may need to add a bit more water.) Serve hot, with Parmesan cheese if desired.

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Anyone who enjoys sausage, beans, and greens will love this combination!

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Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Crockpot Sausage, Beans, and Greens

This Crockpot Sausage, Beans, and Greens is a healthy and delicious dish, you will want to make it over and over!


  • 1 cup uncooked dried beans of any type, soaked overnight (You could substitute 1 can of beans)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 4-5 links hot turkey or pork Italian Sausage (use turkey sausage for South Beach diet)
  • 1-2 tsp. oil, for browning sausage
  • 1 bunch collard greens, cut into ribbons and washed
  • 1/2 cup bean cooking liquid (or water plus liquid from canned beans if using canned)
  • 1 tsp. finely minced fresh garlic
  • (possibly more water if your crock pot is large)
  • Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired


  1. Put beans in small saucepan with garlic powder, onion powder, and enough water to cover.
  2. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until beans are nearly done but still have a little bite. (You can also cook the beans in the crockpot if you have plenty of time.)
  3. Drain, saving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. (Fresh cooked beans are by far better, but if you forget to soak some, use a can of kidney beans, white beans, or pinto beans and save 1/2 cup of water when you rinse them.)
  4. While beans cook, brown sausage well in frying pan, adding a little olive oil for turkey sausage. The crock pot kind of removes the color from browned foods, so let them get very, very brown.
  5. When sausages are nicely browned, remove from pan, cool enough to handle, and cut into slices
  6. .Cut stems off collard green, cut into ribbons crosswise, then cut the long ribbons into 2-3 pieces and rinse.
  7. Place collard greens in bottom of crock pot.
  8. Pour 1/2 cup bean cooking liquid into pan where you cooked the sausage, add fresh garlic, and cook 2-3 minutes to deglaze pan.
  9. Put beans in crock pot, top with sausage, and pour deglazing liquid from pan over.
  10. Cook on low 4-6 hours or on high 2-3 hours, or until collard greens are quite soft and flavors are well-combined.
  11. Serve hot, with Parmesan cheese if desired.


I used my Crock-Pot 3-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker for this recipe.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything in Crockpot Sausage, Beans, and Greens is a wonderfully healthful and low-glycemic food, making this perfect for any phase of the South Beach Diet. If you want a lower-carb dish, use less beans and more sausage and greens.

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    38 Comments on “Crockpot Sausage, Beans, and Greens”

  1. Delicious! I used 1 1/2 cans of red beans and they worked great. I did need to add a little water. It took 4 1/2 hours on low in my slow cooker for the collard greens to be perfect. A few dashes of Texas Pete is a nice condiment to use with it.

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  3. Nancy, did you figure this out? I don't see anything about tags in the materials Ziplist sent me, but if you send me an e-mail I can get you in touch with them.

  4. I can find my old recipes by tags, but when I type in the new tag and hit + and Save, nothing happens.

  5. I got an e-mail from Ziplist today saying they had changed it but I haven't had a chance to look at it much yet. Dinner guests are coming in a few minutes so I can't really look at it now, but I think if you poke around you'll find out it works pretty much as usual.

  6. Kalyn! Help! What has happened to Ziplist? I depend on it and now it looks like Pinterest which is confusing to me. The pictures are nice, but I cannot get my tags to "take". Help!

  7. So glad you liked the idea!

  8. I made this vegan and posted it on my blog.. giving you credit for the original recipe. We loved it!!!!!

  9. I think spinach might get too soft in the slow cooker, but kale would need just slightly more time than collard greens.

  10. I'm not a fan of collard greens, but love kale & spinach. If I substituted, do you know how they would cook? How much faster?

  11. I made this for dinner on Sunday. I started the collard greens a little ahead of time so that they wilted down a bit before I added the other ingredients. After wilting the collard greens (and I only used about 1/2 pound of chicken sausage), everything fit in my 1 quart crock pot. I just thought your single friends reading this blog might like to know about that. 🙂 And even though my beans were undercooked, it's still freaking delicious.

  12. Carrie, so glad to hear this was a hit. I remember when I first tried collard greens (in Hopping John Soup) and I was surprised how much I liked them!

  13. made this yesterday. it was so good. the dried beans are definitely better also! my family wrinkled their noses when i mentioned collard greens but admitted it was good when they finally tasted it! i am a new fan of collard greens.

  14. I love using my crockpot in the summer! The house doesn't get hot and I love coming home to a cooked meal!

  15. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I love the combo of sausage

  16. I make something like this with kale on top of the stove but this crockpot version sounds great!