Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tuscan Style Ribolita with Sausage and Kale

Ribolita translated from Italian means "reboiled".  Translate "reboiled"  in english equates to "leftovers".  This is a hearty peasant stew with a thousand Italian family variations.  There are a few core ingredients; tomatoes, kale (dark green variety known as lacinato), cannellini beans, and stale bread.  I did not include the bread in this particular recipe but, you can easily prepare a few toasted croutons with olive oil and Parmesan cheese to top this delicious stew.

The idea behind this stew is to use what you may have leftover from a couple of days of meals.  If you are eating pretty good you will probably have a few vegetables to add to the pot, and maybe even  a leftover baguette from the weekend to make a few croutons.  The stew is versatile and can be made ahead of time and with any variety of vegetables you may have available.

This makes for a big pot on Sunday and a healthy lunch or dinner throughout the week.

Tuscan Style Ribolita with Sausage and Kale
Serve 4-6

1-1/2 lbs. sweet or hot Italian sausage (removed from the casings)
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
8-ounces fresh kale, stemmed, ribbed and chopped
1-28 ounces can diced tomatoes
2-15 ounces cans Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons chili pepper flakes
4 cups chicken stock

Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat.  Add onion, carrot, garlic and chili pepper flakes to the pot.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook, tossing occasionally, for 5-6 minutes, until the vegetables have softened.  Add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat into pieces, until browned, for 3-4 minutes.

Add the diced tomatoes, cannelloni beans, chicken stock to the pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.

Add the kale to the pot and cook, covered, until the kale has wilted.  Season with salt and pepper, if necessary.



Rhodesia said...

Interesting recipe and one I have bookmarked. Thanks Velva, have a good day Diane

Angie Schneider said...

It looks healthy and delicious..and perfect for the COLD weather we have here...this morning it was just 2C...unseasonably cold!

That Girl said...

Kale and sausage work so well together!

We Are Not Martha said...

Ooh I love everything about this stew and could definitely see myself eating it for dinner and bringing leftovers for lunch. Yum!


grace said...

hello, kale! this is definitely hearty, and as someone who ALWAYS has random leftovers, i love the idea of it!

Pam said...

Good recipe, Velva! Healthy makes it even better. said...

love this recipe Velva look absolutely delicious :)

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Love this rustic dish full of veggies and sausage. I bet this is delicious.

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen said...

This looks like a dinner we would love, Velva! Great combinations flavors!

Olga Riofrio said...

Looks really good.
My cooking blog is in spanish with google translator in many Languages so I hope you liked.

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

This looks wonderful--and different from any recipe I have. It will be perfect in a couple months when the kale and tomatoes start arriving from the CSAs! I even make my own Italian sausage (see: )

Agness of Run Agness Run said...

This dish seems mouth-watering, Velva! Awesome recipe!

Rebecca Subbiah said...

delicious :)

Zaza Cook said...

Yum yum yum! Looks so delicious!

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