This is a forgiving recipe and a great way to get your greens! I eat it as a main, but this could easily be fit for four to six sides. Use bagged kale if you're in a hurry, and feel free to substitute different kinds of greens depending on what's available.
Other greens you could use include spinach, rocket (though remember its peppery flavour!) and chard. To note, I used the greens from the tops of three beetroots. Also, I've used chickpeas in place of cannellini beans, which tastes just as good.
Keep in mind that the pancetta in this recipe is a condiment - you can add more or less to taste. For a vegetarian version of this dish, try omitting the pancetta and topping with a grated hard cheese like Parmesan, or tossing with crumbled feta.
If you've got leftovers, but not enough for a full meal, toss the mixture with a small-shaped pasta and top with grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano.
Took shortcuts. i used bagged and washed kale (1/2 a 500g bag) - 28 Jan 2009
Used different ingredients. used spinach instad of beetroot - 26 Jan 2009
The whole family loved it! I was looking for some other way to cook kale and this combination is simple, easy and so tasty. - 28 Aug 2016