Amaranth "Polenta" with Tuscan Kale

Polenta takes on a new shape and texture
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Amaranth replaces cornmeal in Marco Canora's take on the stick-to-your-bones Italian side dish. The kale can be replaced with mustard greens, Swiss chard or any other hearty green.

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Amaranth "Polenta" with Tuscan Kale

Recipe adapted from "A Good Food Day: Reboot Your Health with Food That Tastes Great," by Marco Canora with Tammy Walker

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 cups amaranth

1½ cups finely chopped kale

½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for topping

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for topping

Grated lemon zest, to top (optional)


1. In a large pot, bring 6 cups water and 1 teaspoons salt to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and pour the amaranth into the water in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Stir in the kale and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is soft and pudding-like, adding more water by the ¼ cup if too thick, 25 to 30 minutes.

2. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the cheese, olive oil and some black pepper. Top with more cheese and olive oil, and serve.

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