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Pan-fried cavolo nero, salami and borlotti beans

Australian Gourmet Traveller Italian side dish recipe for pan-fried cavolo nero, salami and borlotti beans.

By Rodney Dunn
  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins preparation
  • 1 hr cooking
Pan-fried cavolo nero, salami and borlotti beans
Pan-fried cavolo nero, salami and borlotti beans

This is perfect as a side to roast chicken but also hearty enough to enjoy as a meal in its own right. You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.


  • 200 gm dried borlotti beans, soaked overnight in cold water
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 80 gm piece of Italian salami, cut into 1cm pieces
  • 1 small dried red chilli, finely chopped
  • 200 gm young cavolo nero


  • 1
    Drain borlotti beans, place in a saucepan, cover with cold water, bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until tender (45-50 minutes). Drain, set aside.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add garlic and sauté until golden (2-3 minutes). Add salami and chilli, sauté until salami colours (3-4 minutes), add cavolo nero and cook until wilted (3-4 minutes). Toss through beans, season to taste and serve immediately.


Drink Suggestion: Young sangiovese. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

  • Author: Rodney Dunn