Tatsoi & Pan di Zucchero Pasta with Preserved Lemon and Toasted Almonds from Julia

I wanted to make a quick dinner for a quick and relaxed weeknight just-get-it-done but sit down together meal. I looked in the fridge and cupboard, and threw this together with the garlic I cleverly purchased earlier in the day. 

1 head pan di zucchero (you could use escarole or radicchio or another cooking green here), cleaned and sliced into ribbons then chopped a bit some more
1 pound tatsoi: stemmed and washed well. I removed the stems and washed up the green leaves with the bits of stem that remained, it was pretty quick thanks to my salad spinner
4 large cloves of garlic, or to taste
1 onion (optional, I meant to add this and didn't...)
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
4 Tablespoons (approx) chopped preserved lemons (you could use capers and or kalamata olives if no preserved lemons are lurking in your fridge)
1 bunch Italian parsley washed and chopped (I actually bought a bunch of this, then forgot!)
Toasted almonds, roughly chopped
1 can great quality tuna or salmon in oil, flaked, optional (I didn't add this but I pondered it)
3/4 pound pasta or a whole pound (I used penne, could use other shapes including spaghetti), cooked
S & P to taste
1-2 lemons quartered to serve for squeezing to taste at the table
a grating cheese to serve on the table with the grater (I like to make the eaters do some of the work, and I don't usually add cheese to my dish)

Saute the onion in 2-4 tablespoons oil until soft. Add all the cooking greens plus the garlic, cook until well wilted and garlic is soft.

Toss the hot wilted greens/onion mix with the preserved lemons & pasta. Add tuna if using, and toss the whole thing in a large bowl. Season to taste with S & P. (go light on the salt as the preserved lemons are salty!)Serve with a small pile of chopped almonds on top. At table pass lemon quarters and hunk of grating cheese such as parmesan or asagio with the grater for eaters to garnish themselves.

Beans on Toast with Greens

By Family Meal • December 14, 2011 1 Comment

Serves 4, with lots of leftover beans

For the beans:

  • 3 cups dried borlotti beans (also called cranberry or, appropriately, Roman beans)
  • 3 dried chiles de arbol, broken in half
  • 1 sprig of sage
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the toasts:

  • 2 handfuls of green -- tatsoi, arugula, or puntarelle
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 slices of good bread, we like filone
  • shaved Parmesan
  1. Dump beans into a medium-sized pot, cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Drain the water from the beans and cover again with cold water, throw in a handful of salt and bring to a boil. Simmer the beans over medium low heat until they are al dente -- about 2/3 of the way done. Remove the beans from the cooking liquid.
  2. In a new pot, heat a couple of glugs of olive oil (3 tablespoons or so). Pop open the garlic cloves and toast then in the oil until lightly golden brown. Add the dried chiles and sage and let sizzle before adding the beans to the pot. Cover with cold water, season with salt and pepper, and simmer until the beans are soft while still retaining the integrity of their shape. We like to let the beans hang out in their liquid for a long as possible before serving -- overnight is best, but relaxing for an hour or two in their liquid is sufficient.
  3. To assemble the toasts, reheat a portion of the cooked beans in a small saucepan. In a medium sauté pan heat a ¼ inch of olive oil until smoking hot. Place bread slices into the oil and fry until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown. Drain toasts on a paper towel lined plate. Meanwhile, in a medium sauté pan, toast popped garlic clove in a glug of olive oil. Toss in the greens and sauté for 10 seconds or so until just wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Place a piece of toast on a plate, spoon warm beans over the toast and top with greens and shaved Parmesan.


Raw Kale, Cabbage, Carrot and Tatsoi Salad


For the Dressing:

For the Salad:

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or unsweetened rice wine vinegar if not grain free)
  • 1 Tablespoons real maple syrup (preferably grade B)
  • 1 Tablespoon gluten free soy sauce (or coconut aminos for a soy free alternative)
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small bunch lacinato kale (also known as Tuscan kale)
  • 1 small head (or half of a larger head) of Napa cabbage, shredded
  • 1 baby tatsoi, thinly sliced
  • 4 carrots, shaved into long strips with a peeler
  • 2 Tablespoons hemp seeds (or toasted sesame seeds)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


Make the Dressing:

Make the Salad:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk 1 Tablespoon of the olive oil, the sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce and minced garlic.
  2. Strip the stems from the kale leaves and roll the leaves in a chiffonade to slice into very thin strips.
  3. In a large bowl combine the kale and remaining Tablespoon of olive oil. Lightly massage the kale leaves with your hands until the leaves soften and begin to wilt (about 30 to 60 seconds).
  4. Place in large serving bowl and add the shredded cabbage, tatsoi, carrots and dressing tossing well to coat. Let the salad stand for 10 minutes to marinate.
  5. Top with hemp seeds or toasted sesame seeds and season with freshly ground pepper to taste if desired and serve.


Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegetarian