- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 large onions, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 3 1/4- to 3 1/2-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 red bell peppers, seeded, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 cups canned vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 large bunches kale, thick stems trimmed, leaves cut crosswise into 2-inch strips
- 1 tablespoon dried rubbed sage
- 5 15-ounce cans cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained
- 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted, halved
- Freshly grated Romano cheese
Heat oil in heavy large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. Add squash; sauté Add bell peppers and stir to coat with onion mixture. Add broth. Cover and simmer until squash is just tender, about 10 minutes.
Mix kale and sage into stew. Cover and cook until kale wilts, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add beans and olives and stir until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Transfer stew to large shallow bowl. Sprinkle generously with cheese.
*I just made this and it was interesting and very hearty…the olives seem counterintuitive, so if you forgo them, be sure to adjust the salt. BTW, the olives worked, in spite of my skepticism, but certain people in the house don’t like kalamata…so I served them on the side 🙂