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This is the authentic and traditional sautéed Italian kale recipe with pancetta, onion and olive oil.

It is a Tuscan recipe, the region where kale is mostly cooked.

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Italian kale and pancetta

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The sautéed Italian kale recipe is an everyday dish Tuscans serve as side dish.  

Black kale, cavolo nero, is traditionally used also to make soups, bruschetta, pasta, just to mention a few.

Sautéed Italian kale

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Tuscan
Servings 2
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


  • 1 big bunch of kale
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3.5 oz guanciale or pancetta 100 gr
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 cups vegetable light broth


  1. Clean kale and remove stems.
  2. Peel and dice the onion and dice the pancetta.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and brown the pancetta and the onion for a couple of minutes.

  4. Add the kale leaves, mix, and cook a couple of minutes.

  5. Add a spoonful or two of broth every now and then and cook, low heat, until kale is completely cooked - fork tender. It should take a little less than an hour.

  6. Serve as a side dish, over toasted bread, or to season pasta.

Enjoy your Tuscan kale.


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