Braised Lacinato Kale

So hearty it's almost meaty tasting, this is our favorite kind of kale.  Lacinato kale is also called black kale, cavolo nero, dinosaur kale, and Tuscan kale. It's a dark green, bumpy, very flavorful cousin of ordinary kale and is packed with minerals and vitamins.


Makes 12 servings
Total time: 1 Hours

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Recipe Time

Total: 1 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 39
Caloriesfromfat 36 %
Protein 2.1 g
Fat 1.5 g
Satfat 0.2 g
Carbohydrate 5.7 g
Fiber 1 g
Sodium 570 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg


3 bunches Lacinato kale (about 2 1/4 lbs.), leaves rinsed and tough center ribs cut out (see Notes)
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 to 2 cups reduced sodium chicken stock
1 tablespoon kosher salt
About 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice


1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Chop kale into 1-in. pieces and add to pot. Cover and cook until slightly wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain.

2. In a large frying pan or heavy-bottomed pot, cook garlic in olive oil over low heat, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add kale and wine and cook, covered, until almost dry. Add chicken stock and cook, covered, until stock is almost evaporated and kale is very tender, about 30 minutes (if kale isn't tender, add more stock and continue cooking). Season to taste with salt and lemon juice.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1/2-cup serving.