White Bean and Sausage Ragout with Tomatoes, Kale and Zucchini

March 15, 2010

Cannelini beans were on sale a few weeks ago and I had stocked up on cans and wanted to find a good recipe to use up at least 2 cans. A quick Google search and I came across this beauty with tons of fresh flavor and a hearty serving of vegetables I knew this would be a good weeknight meal.

 

While Mike had a 5-6:30 conference call, I prepped dinner and enjoyed a delicious combo of Mint Sparking Water and some Pom Wonderful Juice. It was nice to be in the kitchen by myself happily chopping away. I enjoyed the quiet, the extra sun light (thank you Day Light Savings Time, it was 6:30 and still light out!)

 

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Ingredients

 

  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/2  cup  chopped onion
  • 2  (4-ounce) links chicken sausage, cut into (1/2-inch) slices
  • 1  zucchini, quartered and cut into (1/2-inch) slices (about 2 cups)
  • 3  garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 6  cups  chopped trimmed kale (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1/2  cup  water
  • 2  (16-ounce) cans cannellini beans or other white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions

 

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion and sausage 4 minutes or until sausage is browned.
  • Add zucchini and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add kale and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.

 

 

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After dinner I was craving something a little sweet and I had remembered seeing a pear recipe on Amie’s Blog (I made a few minor modifications)

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pear
  • 1 tablespoon POM Wonderful juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds

Directions

  • Slice pears lengthwise into eighths.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the POM Wonderful juice, agave nectar, cinnamon and almond extract.
  • Spoon mixture over pears.
  • Top pears with chopped nuts and vanilla ice cream

 

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6 Responses to “White Bean and Sausage Ragout with Tomatoes, Kale and Zucchini”

  1. That is such an elegant and light dessert! Looks delicious.

  2. That is such an elegant and light dessert! Looks delicious.

  3. Andrea@POM says:

    This sounds delicious and healthy! I’ve been looking for ways to cook kale that doesn’t involve bacon or cream. ;) Thanks for sharing, and hope you’ll share with the POM Community as well, they love recipes.

  4. Andrea@POM says:

    This sounds delicious and healthy! I’ve been looking for ways to cook kale that doesn’t involve bacon or cream. ;) Thanks for sharing, and hope you’ll share with the POM Community as well, they love recipes.

  5. Mo@MommyRD says:

    That whole meal sounds delicious and very healthy!
    .-= Mo@MommyRD´s last blog ..Bowl Meals =-.

  6. Mo@MommyRD says:

    That whole meal sounds delicious and very healthy!
    .-= Mo@MommyRD´s last blog ..Bowl Meals =-.

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