Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Very simple & healthy!! Serve this over your choice of pasta or mashed potatoes for a lovely dinner. You can use any type of kale but Lacinato is what was called for here. Also if you don't have the leek sub onion or shallots...who cares :) I use home cooked beans but canned is listed for convienence.
- 1 bunch kale, stemmed and cut into pieces (about 6 cups)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 leek, white part only, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
- 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans
- 1 teaspoon salt
- additional salt
- If you are serving over pasta cook according to package but reserve 2 cups of the pasta water.
- Saute garlic and leeks in olive oil over medium heat. Add red pepper flakes and salt. Be careful not to brown the garlic; it will be bitter if you do.
- Add kale and the drained and rinsed beans. Add reserved pasta water a bit at a time, just enough to have enough liquid for the kale to wilt and become tender. Be sure to taste the kale and bean mixture. Adjust seasoning as needed.
- Add drained cooked pasta directly to the bean and kale mixture. Add additional pasta water if the mixture is dry, and add more olive oil if desired.
I grew up eating escarole and beans, so I was pleased to find this recipe when I was looking for a different way to prepare some curly kale I got from the farm. The leeks were a nice change of pace and added a lot of flavor. However, I was not planning on serving this over pasta, but eating it on its own, and did not have any pasta water to add. Instead, I added a little bit of warm chicken broth, which worked out well. Thanks for sharing! Made for My 3 Chefs - October 2013.