Stuffed Collard Greens—Healthy Comfort for Rainy Spring Days
For quicker assembly, cook the tomato sauce and spelt up to two days ahead. Let cool, then store them separately in covered containers.
1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes with their juices
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
Pinch of red-pepper flakes
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup spelt
1 pound collard greens
1 1/2 cups cooked white beans, or 1 can (15 ounces) low-sodium white beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
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1. Pulse tomatoes with juices in a food processor until chopped. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and pepper flakes; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, about 6 minutes. Add tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with 3/4 teaspoon salt. Let cool.
2. Stir spelt into a saucepan of salted boiling water. Reduce to a steady simmer; cook, uncovered, until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain and let cool.
3. Meanwhile, add collard greens in batches to a pot of salted boiling water and cook until bright green and tender, about 3 minutes. Remove with tongs and let cool. Trim off stems and thick ribs. Reserve 12 large leaves; chop any remaining leaves.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coarsely mash beans in a bowl. Add cooked spelt, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, cheese, sage, and any chopped collards. Stir to combine. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.
5. Working with one collard leaf at a time, arrange 1/4 cup filling in center. Fold stem end over filling. Fold in sides. Roll collard over to form a bundle, overlapping ends to seal. Transfer, seam-side down, to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
6. Spread sauce evenly over stuffed collards. Cover with parchment, then foil; bake until sauce is bubbling and collards are tender, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.
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