Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sauteed Kale with Cannellini Beans

This dish uses French Onion Soup and spices found in the Vietnamese noodle dish called pho. I love pho, and it's typically made with a beef-based broth, but we go vegan by using a high quality French Onion Soup with its complex sweet/savory flavors compliments of the carmelized onions used in the base. A handful of ingredients, a boatload of nutrition and flavor that just goes on and on...

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1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 large leaves kale, or about 2-3 cups, stemmed and roughly chopped
1 large can cannellini beans, or other white beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 pieces star anise
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 cup French Onion Soup

Sweat onions and garlic with olive oil over medium high heat in a soup pot. Stir in chopped kale and rinsed beans. Season with cinnamon, star anise, red pepper, salt and black pepper. Add French Onion Soup, stir, cover and simmer until the kale is tender and a brilliant emerald green (about 10 minutes). Remove the star anise pieces and serve immediately.