Braised Kale and Beans


With braised kale and red kidney beans, this comforting dish can be served over grains or with cornbread for a hearty winter meal.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound kale

  • 1 tablespoon oil, or to taste

  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped

  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon dried sage

  • 1 cup vegetable broth

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  1. Cut tough stems off kale and discard. Stack leaves, roll tightly and cut crosswise into 3/4-inch strips. Transfer to a large bowl and cover with cold water; swirl to remove grit. Drain in a colander. Clean a second time if water in the bowl looks visibly dirty.

  2. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until golden brown around the edges, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and sage; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Stir in vegetable both, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, about 5 minutes. Increase heat to medium and add the kale. Season with salt and pepper and stir until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Cover and cook until tender but not soft, about 3 minutes.

  4. Uncover saucepan; stir in beans and hot sauce. Stir until beans are heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute collards or mustard greens for the kale if preferred.

Substitute chicken broth for the vegetable broth if preferred.

Optional: Add one package of kielbasa. Slice and saute until browned before cooking the greens. Stir into the cooked greens and beans before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

196 Calories
4g Fat
33g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 196
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 500mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 94mg 471%
Calcium 162mg 12%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 389mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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