Every once in a while I stumble upon a recipe so delicious, yet so simple (only 3 major ingredients) that it blows my chefy mind! And as usual, this happened by accident. I had a bag of chopped kale I had to use. And since I don’t care for raw kale, I sautéed it in a bit of oil and garlic with a bit of crushed red pepper flakes for a bit of heat. Then because I wanted it to be filling, I added a can of small red beans (but you can add any kind you like) which made a flavorful sauce. As it turns out, I had some leftover cooke pasta…so of course I added that and there you have it. Add cheese and enjoy!!

The amount of ingredients here do not need to be precise…just use what you have. The amounts are approximate.


1/2 lb (.23 kg) kale – chopped

15 oz. can (425 g) of you favorite beans

Olive oil to lightly cover the bottom of the skillet

1 clove fresh garlic – chopped

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Season with salt and pepper

Garnish with fresh parmesan



Place a medium skillet over medium heat. Heat until hot but not smoking. Add the kale and cook until it begins to wilt (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the garlic and the pepper flakes and cook until the garlic begins to color (about 30 seconds) and follow quickly with the beans and then the pasta. Cook just until all are warmed through. Season and garnish with cheese if desired.

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