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Braised Kale with Butternut and Bacon

Prep time: 10 minutes • Cook time: 25 minutes

Yields: 4 Servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces thick-sliced bacon
  • 1 yellow onion
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound butternut squash
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch kale, preferably dino
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic

Slowly simmering kale with onions and garlic is a comforting and delicious way to serve this nutritious green.

To make a more substantial dish, we’ve added bacon and chunks of butternut squash, which adds smoky flavor and sweetness to the braise. Serve with warm crusty bread for a satisfying supper.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat; when hot, add the oil and bacon. Cook, stirring frequently, until the bacon is crisp. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain. Add the onion to the skillet with the bacon fat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.

Add the butternut and broth to the skillet and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Add the kale, cover and cook until the butternut and kale are tender, 10 to 15 minutes, adding more broth if needed.

Stir in the bacon and parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

Yields about 4 servings

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