Hearty Green Autumn Bowl

By thespicegirl
August 30, 2011
14 Comments


Author Notes: If you are looking for something quick, packed with flavor and healthy look no further! This is super easy to make and is so satisfying. The greens in this dish give it a hearty healthy bite. Without them the dish would not be the same.

Don't shy away from Kale. This once green known for its use at all you can eat buffets as a decorative edge is in the past. Kale not only tastes great it is packed with Folic Acid and beta carotene, Vitamin K and C to name a few.

I also added Red Swiss Chard. I cannot resist it when I see it sitting so pretty at the grocery store. It is above and beyond one of the prettiest leafy veggie leaves going!

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!
thespicegirl

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Kale (or mix Kale and Swiss Chard) stems removed and leaves shredded
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil plus more for bread
  • 1/4 cup Finely Chopped Pancetta
  • 1 Onion (medium) chopped finely
  • 1 Carrot (Medium) chopped finely
  • 1 Celery Stick chopped finely
  • 1 Clove of Garlic minced
  • 1 cup Dry White Wine
  • 3 cups Cooked Cannellini Beans (canned is fine but rinse well - 2 cans)
  • 1 Lemon (I used Meyer it was available) rind grated and lemon then cut in wedges
  • 4 Slices Chuncky Wholesome Bread (I used Chia Bread from Whole Foods Bakery)
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Chili Flakes or more if you like
  • 2 tablespoons Rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 liter Chicken Stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 handful Toasted Pine Nuts
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan Cheese finely grated
  • 1 Vine Ripe Tomato Medium chopped finely

Directions

  1. Finely chop onion, carrot and celery and put in a pot with oil and pancetta and fry over medium heat until onions are translucent. Add garlic, bay leaf and wine. Reduce until no wine is left in the pot. Add Salt, pepper and chili flakes. Now add tomatoes, beans and rosemary. Mix well. Now add stock. While you are waiting for it to come to a boil take slices of bread and baste with olive oil, salt and pepper and toast. Toast pine nuts in small pan. Keep an eye on them. Once bread is nicely toasted on both sides pull out and sprinkle a little parmesan cheese overtop each toast. Once cooled cut into fingers. Leave both pine nuts and toast aside. Also grate rind off of lemon and leave to the side. Cut lemon into wedges. Leave to the side. Once it comes to a gentle boil add the kale and/or Swiss Chard and cook until wilted (about 3-5 minutes) When ready serve soup in large bowl. Place on top fingers of toasted bread, sprinkle with the lemon rind, parmesan and pine nuts and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Alteration for Vegetarians Omit Pancetta and Chicken Stock. Use Vegetable Stock instead. If you do not use the pancetta you may need a little more salt.

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Reviews (14) Questions (0)

14 Comments

Joi C. September 7, 2011
Can't wait to try it and pass it on to my family
 
TheWimpyVegetarian September 6, 2011
I love this and can't wait to make it!!!
 
Missjules September 1, 2011
I love kale and all your ingredients sound like this meal will have great flavour. Keep the receipies coming spice girl!
 
the-spice-girl.com September 1, 2011
So sorry Spice Girl, I put the wrong chef's name in for my comment. should have read Lee Ann
 
Author Comment
thespicegirl September 2, 2011
Hey mom! Always my number 1 fan. Not sure how you were able to comment using my name. Must have been my link. Hope you try this one. You are gonna love it plus nothing like the bean and bacon sandwiches you fed us as kids which I am still scarred from ;)
 
the-spice-girl.com September 1, 2011
tHIS RECIPE SOUNDS FANTASTIC. CAN'T WAIT TO TRY IT. PERFECT FOR A QUICK AUTUMN LUNCH OR DINNER. ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT KALE - WHAT TO DO WITH IT. NOW I KNOW. I LOVE RED SWISS CHARD AND THINK IT PERFECT FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL SOUNDING SOUP.
 
Lee A. September 1, 2011
I'm obviously biased, but it tastes great. Look forward to trying many more dishes.....
 
Lee A. September 1, 2011
I'm obviously biased, but it tastes great. Look forward to trying many more dishes.....
 
foodie26 September 1, 2011
Love the presentation, can not wait to make it.
 
Julie C. August 31, 2011
Love this!
 
Julie C. August 31, 2011
Sounds delicious....and easy... I am trying this one for sure.
 
aargersi August 31, 2011
Plop an egg on top and it's for sure an entree. Yum!
 
sexyLAMBCHOPx August 31, 2011
Love this, but is it a side or entree? Regardless, super healthy & looks delicious.
 
Author Comment
thespicegirl August 31, 2011
Hey there! This is hearty enough to have as a meal. I hope you enjoy it!!!