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Kale with Bacon

The hearty bacon flavor in this side dish makes you forget that you're eating right. Seasoned with garlic, it's a great way to enjoy vitamin-rich kale. —Margaret Allen, Abingdon, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 bunches kale, trimmed and torn
  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, bring 1 in. of water to a boil. Add kale; cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. In the drippings, saute onions and garlic until onion is tender.
  • Drain the kale; stir into onion mixture. Add the salt, pepper and reserved bacon; heat through.
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  • Docsbob
    Feb 13, 2021

    My husband and I aren't huge kale fans. But, this was really good.

  • Walter
    Apr 16, 2019

    My family loved it! We used Costco Turkey bacon and about a tablespoon of olive oil in place of the bacon grease! We also used purple kale and green kale and a whole medium onion. Amazing, this will he a regular dish for us. Thank you for the ideas!

  • Donna
    Jul 28, 2018

    No comment left

  • Lady Fingers
    Nov 6, 2017

    Excellent recipe. Easy and tasty. Cooking the bacon and the kale separately avoid over or under cooking either one.

  • bethwwilliams
    Mar 2, 2016

    Who isn't going to like anything with bacon? This was a home-run with everyone in my family. I used 1/2 of an onion as that was all I had. I also cooked the kale in beef broth. Used probably too much of the bacon grease, will back off a little next time. Great flavor. Will definitely make this again.

  • ppolen
    Nov 14, 2015

    Great recipe! The bacon even tempted two male veggie haters to eat kale. I used two small bunches of kale and six strips of bacon (which was more than enough bacon). I also used olive oil to cook the onions and garlic, since I don't use bacon drippings.

  • Medic 716
    Jul 11, 2015

    My new favorite Kale recipe!

  • CulinaryDreams
    Nov 15, 2014

    Fantastic recipe! I used more drippings and a few more strips of bacon. YUM!

  • Grace1018
    Feb 5, 2014

    I liked this recipe. I followed the recipe exactly.

  • junkin406
    Sep 9, 2011

    I made this dish and it was very good. I cooked the kale in veggie stock not water.