Cannellini beans with braised Tuscan kale and garlic breadcrumbs

October 10, 2013

Cannellini beans with braised Tuscan kale and garlic breadcrumbs

Tuscan kale (also known as Cavolo Nero or Lacinato kale) is the most refined variety of all the members of the kale family. When it’s young, it is so tender that you can even eat it raw, as in this superb baby kale salad with purple carrot ribbons, kumquats and sesame vinaigrette.

When the leaves reach their mature size, however, they get a bit tougher, so I love to braise them. Here the delicious braised greens are paired with creamy cannellini beans and topped with crunchy garlic breadcrumbs. Just before serving, a spunky extra virgin olive oil is drizzled over the vegetables.

Needless to say, this dish is incredibly hearty and bursting with goodness; but its deep, earthy taste is what’s most enticing. When my Tuscan kale is ready to harvest, this dish ends up on the menu on a weekly basis.

Tuscan kale - Cavolo Nero - Lacinato kale

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Cannellini beans with braised Tuscan kale and garlic breadcrumbs

Cannellini beans are so creamy, they’re perfect for this dip: Cannellini bean dip with pan-fried mint!

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 10, 2013 at 12:37 pm

So light and flavorful! Love the added garlicky breadcrumbs :)

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Viviane October 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Thank you, Kiran!

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foodwanderings October 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Viviane, what a fitting dish for this season. In fact all I am craving is beans, legumes and dark greens recently. I’ve got all ingredients here and bookmarking this recipe.

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Viviane October 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Shulie, thank you so much for your note… Beans and greens are a must during the cold season. I could eat huge bowl every day!

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ATasteOfMadness October 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

This looks so healthy and delicious!

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Deb October 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm

An exceptional recipe to welcome fall into our cooking routines. Kale paired with creamy Cannellini beans and savory bread crumbs is so enticing!

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Viviane October 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Thank you, Deb! I adore kale, but I must say I don’t eat it cooked during the summer months, so it is a most delicious thing to get acquainted with it again!

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