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    Macaroni With Kale and White Beans

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    SAHMchef's Note:

    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."

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    1. 1
      Cook macaroni according to directions, making sure to not overcook.
    2. 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. 3
      Rinse kale in a large bowl of cold water and drain.
    4. 4
      Heat oil in a large skillet or stockpot (you will need a lid later).
    5. 5
      Add garlic and red pepper, cooking over med-high heat for about 2 minutes.
    6. 6
      Stir in kale and broth and cover pan, stirring occasionally, until kale is wilted but bright green and tender, about 7 minutes.
    7. 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!).

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 04, 2011


      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.

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    • on April 15, 2010


      I love this recipe. I've made it twice in the past 2 weeks. First time I misread and used 3 cups veg. broth. Result was too much liquid (used a slotted spoon to serve) but tons of flavor. Second time I used the correct amount and it wasn't as flavorful. My suggestion? 1 cup veg broth. Simple, fresh and delicious weeknight dinner!

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    • on December 07, 2008


      I also used Barilla Plus Penne vs. macaroni. I liked how the beans disintegrate a little bit in the mix, making the whole dish smoother. This has a great flavor despite only using a little salt and a little oil. I've started adding a small amount of feta to the dish in addition to the parmesan. love it!

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    Nutritional Facts for Macaroni With Kale and White Beans

    Serving Size: 1 (362 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 549.5
    Calories from Fat 129
    Total Fat 14.3 g
    Saturated Fat 2.8 g
    Cholesterol 5.5 mg
    Sodium 469.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 85.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 10.8 g
    Sugars 1.9 g
    Protein 24.0 g

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