Bears Love Kale

Sausages with Kale and White Beans

www.marthastewart.com/338211/sausages-with-kale-and-white-beans

September 2007, pg. 98

This bear I live with loves kale. He has decided that there is no better food for bears than kale. And so, I have to eat lots of kale whether I like it or not. As it happens, I have made variations on this dish a number of times. Usually I make it in the super-lazy-everything-in-one-pot pasta method which involves ground sausage instead of fat little links.

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As it turns out this recipe made a nice change for serving. See how pretty?

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This recipe was such a hit that the bear has demanded I make kale in this method at least once a week since I first made it – I don’t include the sausage when I am making it as a side dish. The white wine vinegar adds an excellent tang that in the past I tried to get by using lemon juice. The one exception I made with this recipe was adding about a cup of chicken broth during the wilting phase. It’s something I carried over from my previous kale and pasta adventures and I think it just makes it a little more savory. I would say that I would keep this recipe on hand for the future, but it is so easy and I have already made it so many times I have it memorized!

AND (bonus!) by keeping it all separate from the pasta we were serving it on, I was able to turn the leftovers into a pretty tasty soup the next day. I had to add more kale, of course, but I just used a box of the frozen stuff which seems to be a decent soup alternative. Basically, I diced up carrots, onions, and celery and cooked them over medium heat until they softened a bit, then I added in the remaining sausages which I had diced up and added in that box of frozen kale and another can of cannellini beans followed by enough chicken stock to cover everything. And voila, soup!!!

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Yep, this one is a keeper for sure. Next, I’ll be making Turkey and Vegetable Hand Pies and Garlic-Roasted Tomatoes!

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