Kale and White Bean Stew

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 30m
  • Rating ****

Serves 4

Combining two Portuguese favorites — kale-and-sausage soup and a bean, sausage and tomato stew — makes a simple, sensational one-pot meal. To keep the focus on the vegetables, we've used just a tiny amount of fresh sausage; you can add more, if you like, or substitute dried chorizo or pepperoni.


  • For Sausages:
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 4 ounces mild or hot sausages, casings removed
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • For Kale:
  • 1 pound kale, tough stems removed, shredded
  • 3 1/3 cups canned diced tomatoes in juice
  • For Beans:
  • 4 cups drained and rinsed canned cannellini beans


FOR SAUSAGES: In a Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderate heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking the meat up with a fork, until it loses its pink color, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan and then stir in the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions start to soften, about 3 minutes.

FOR KALE: Add the garlic and kale to the pan and cook, stirring, until the kale wilts, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the kale is tender, about 15 minutes.

FOR BEANS: Stir the beans into the stew and cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. If you like, mash some of the beans with a fork to thicken the sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Tip: Shred kale leaves as fine as possible when making quick soups and stews, so that each bite will include tender greens instead of a chewy mouthful.</LI> WINE RECOMMENDATION:
 Since this dish has a strong Portuguese influence, why not pair it with a rustic red from Portugal? Try one of the many delicious examples from the Douro or Ribatejo regions for a lusty combination of food and drink.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.

RecID 2921

nutrition information per serving

484 calories; 18g total fat; 24mg cholesterol; 1980mg sodium; 62g carbohydrates; 15g fiber; 22g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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