Simmer leafy green kale, canned tomatoes with chile peppers, onions, garlic, spices, and fresh herbs with plump, white canned cannellini beans to make this savory, Italian-inspired ragu or vegetable stew.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and kale. Cook and stir until the onions become transparent and the kale wilts and reduces in volume, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Reduce the heat to medium. Stir the tomatoes and green chiles, garlic, water, bay leaves, cumin, and onion powder into the kale mixture. Simmer the vegetable mixture until the kale is soft, about 1 hour. Stir in the cannellini beans and continue simmering until beans are heated through, about 10 minutes. Stir in the oregano and basil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts

206.5 calories; 8.7 g protein; 31.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 592.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2008
Yum yum is all I have to say!! I just added more garlic and a little wine as suggested. I will be making this again!! Didn't use onion powder or basil and used T of dry oregano. Also used chicken broth instead of water. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/21/2011
I don't know if I did something wrong but my husband and I found this to be very very bland. I used chicken broth instead of water as per other suggestions wine and even added extra Italian seasoning in addition to the recommended seasoning. It wasn't -bad- it just had very little flavor even with the additions. We won't be making this again. Read More
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96 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 31
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2008
Yum yum is all I have to say!! I just added more garlic and a little wine as suggested. I will be making this again!! Didn't use onion powder or basil and used T of dry oregano. Also used chicken broth instead of water. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2008
This was great! I reduced the beans to one can and threw in regular diced tomatoes adding red pepper flakes to make it spicier (I can't find canned tomatoes with chilis). I also used dried herbs to save money. Used chicken broth as another reviewer suggested. I did this in the slow cooker and it turned out to be very very tasty with very little hassle! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2008
This is delicious! I made it for dinner tonight and it was really really good. I made a few changes: I used frozen kale defrosted it in water and then put it in. I also used less Kale then what is called for. I used one and a half cans of beans and I washed them before I put them in. I sauteed mushrooms with the onions. I also put some Franks Hot Sauce in it it gave it a nice tangy flavor. When I put it in my bowl I topped it with parmesan cheese and ate it with crusty sourdough bread. Wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2009
Oh my god this is so good!! I made it once without the onion powder then the 2nd time with it and found it to make a difference. Didn't have fresh oregano an parsley so I used dried and still tastes great. Kale is a great source of proteins and fiber as well as the beans. Also added some red pepper flakes like others suggested and the little kick was great! Totally recommend this for a good healthy dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/29/2010
Really tasty but I added a lot of extras. 1 sliced carrot 3 stalks sliced celery a dash of red wine a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and some Cajun seasoning. And I changed out vegetable broth for the water. I served it on a bed of couscous. Very very good! (PS--You can buy the can of diced tomatoes with green chile peppers at Aldi's) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2008
I thought this was good but I did find it a bit bland. I did add red pepper flakes but I would try adding red wine next time as some reviewers suggested. I served it over pasta to make it a heartier meal and it was a tad dry. If you want to put it over pasta I would suggest increasing the diced tomatoes. There were non-vegetarians at our meal who added sausage on top and they seemed to enjoy the meal more. If you want to use up Kale I strongly suggest the "Kale Puttanesca" recipe from this site. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/25/2007
I was hoping the beans would give it enough substance to please a certain someone but I ended up having to add some diced ham to entice him to eat it. I would enjoy this as is and will probably make for myself again - reheats nicely for lunch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2008
Ok so I didn't have most of the ingredients but still the dish came out pretty good. I used canola oil instead of olive garbanzo beans and garlic powder since I didn't have any cloves. I also had to use a metal pot instead of a deep pan. This is the kind of dish that you can experiment with different kinds of spices and vegetables as long as you get the water and oil proportions right. I guess my only complaint is that it took an hour to cook but the time is worth it in the end. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2011
Very good! My husband had never eated kale before and he had seconds. (I added a litte salsa to give it more flavor.) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/21/2011
I don't know if I did something wrong but my husband and I found this to be very very bland. I used chicken broth instead of water as per other suggestions wine and even added extra Italian seasoning in addition to the recommended seasoning. It wasn't -bad- it just had very little flavor even with the additions. We won't be making this again. Read More
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