Macaroni With Kale and White Beans

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by SAHMchef

This delicious vegetarian meal is packed with nutrients. If you've never tried kale, this is a good recipe to try! Kale tastes similar to spinach but retains its leafy texture. From Jeanne Lemlin's "Main Course Vegetarian Pleasures."

Top Review by bdankanich

I love this stuff. I have eaten the leftovers from this for my last 3 meals, and I'm still not tired of eating it. I used vegetable broth and pene pasta, and I also added an additional 1/3 cup liquid at the end to keep it from being too dry. I used the cooking water from the pasta as this liquid. Aside from that, I followed the recipe exactly and I think it has the perfect amount of seasonings.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook macaroni according to directions, making sure to not overcook.
  2. Rip kale off its stem into bite-sized pieces. (Be sure not to use the stem, as it is quite bitter. I've tried cutting it, but it works better to rip it).
  3. Rinse kale in a large bowl of cold water and drain.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet or stockpot (you will need a lid later).
  5. Add garlic and red pepper, cooking over med-high heat for about 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in kale and broth and cover pan, stirring occasionally, until kale is wilted but bright green and tender, about 7 minutes.
  7. Gently stir in salt, followed by beans, macaroni, and Parmesan. (Do not use canned parmesan, as it really will not taste right. Use the "real" grated parmesan!).

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