This recipe is adapted from Sarah Copeland's forthcoming book, "Feast" (Chronicle Books).The deep savoriness of tuscan kale, a backyard-garden staple in northern Italy, makes a superb foundation for soups, sides, and vegetarian mains. In this deceptively simple dish (the onions are essentially quick-pickled right in the pan), the orecchiette is practically treated as a condiment. As soon as you sit at the table, stir a few slices of semisoft goat cheese into the hot greens and pasta until they soften. You'll think to yourself, I could live on this stuff.
solid Tuscan-style soup
includes an Italian variety of
kale, cavolo nero, that has crinkly leaves
and a near-spicy bite
(look for the green
at farmers' markets or gourmet groceries);
the dish gets significant protein from
Thyme, garlic, and a bay leaf are simmered in water to create a flavorful broth that's low in calories. Frying garlic creates crunchy chips and a tasty oil to drizzle on top. Pureed cannellini beans give this soup a velvety texture, canceling out the need for heavy cream.