Kale is a fantastically nutrient-rich dark green, but unfortunately, it's not the easiest to prepare. I love asparagus & green beans because all I have to do is steam and/or roast, and there you have it. Delicious greenery. I don't particularly enjoy my kale baked (kale chips? no.) or simply steamed/sauteed, but I DO like it in brothy flavorful soups. My go-to recipe this winter for a healthy but satisfying meal is cannellini & kale ragout. And since I'm always tweeting about it, I figured I'd share the recipe with you fabulous people. Enjoy!
Cannellini and Kale Ragout
makes 4 servings (or 2, if you're me)
- 4 tablespoons evoo
- 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (or more, if you're me)
- 1 large bunch of organic kale
- vegetable broth (quantity is totally up to your liking, some like it more ragout-y and some more soup-y; my preference is somewhere in the middle)
- 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice (with some sort of seasoning, i usually get garlic & onion)
- 1 15-ounce can of cannellini (white kidney beans), drained
Heat 4 tablespoons of evoo in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and saute ove rmedium heat for about 30 seconds. Add kale and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until kale wilts. Add tomatoes with juice, beans and 1 tablespoon of thyme. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Now, this recipe is SUPER easy and SUPER healthy, and while I like the soup just fine on its own, the next few steps are, for moi, crucial. Pourquoi? Because to me, a meal isn't a meal without bread.
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 baguette
- 2 tablespoons of evoo
- butter (optional)
Slice baguette into 1.5 inch thick slices. Heat 2 tablespoons of evoo (and butter, if you're me) over medium heat. Add bread and thyme, cook until bread is golden on both sides, turning with tongs, about 2 minutes total. Transer croutons to bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
FINAL STEP: Ladle ragout into shallow bowls and top with croutons. Pour glass of wine and enjoy! (btw i think the pic below has sausage, but it's the closest thing i could find - oops)