Pasta Orzo Risotto Recipe with Cavolo Nero

Easy cavolo nero recipes

Make the most of this nutritious leafy green with our recipes, from vibrant salads and hearty pasta dishes to our warming minestrone soup

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When is cavolo nero in season?

UK cavolo nero season starts in June and ends in October. Cavolo nero is at its best between July and October.

What are the benefits of cavolo nero?

Our expert nutritionist, Tracey Raye, says, “cavolo nero is rich in fibre and high in anti-inflammatory flavonoids. This deep green, cruciferous veg contains more vitamin C than a whole orange. It also contains vitamin K, vital for blood clotting and antioxidants that support eye health.”

Cavolo nero recipes

Orecchiette with anchovies, cavolo nero and caramelised onions

Make the most of cavolo nero season with this low-calorie, flavour-packed pasta dish. It makes a quick and easy mid-week evening meal for two.

Cavolo nero salad with pink grapefruit and avocado

Cavolo nero is the star of this vegetarian, low-calorie and gluten-free salad. With its contrasting textures and flavours, this salad is striking to look at and packed full of the nutrients our bodies are craving.

Green cannellini minestrone with ricotta dumplings

Try this riot of all things green and nutritious, from cavolo nero to spinach and sugar snap peas. There are cheesy dumplings on top too, for a touch of indulgence.

Cavolo nero risotto with peas and chilli

Celebrate fresh cavolo nero with our creamy veggie orzo risotto. Add sweet peas and punchy chilli for a warming midweek meal. Orzo pasta makes a great base for risottos.

Sweet potato gnudi, lemony cavolo nero, crispy sage and parmesan

Try this pillowy sweet potato gnudi recipe with lemony cavolo nero and crispy sage. This impressive dish comes from Edinburgh restaurant, 27 Elliott’s. Similar to gnocchi, gnudi are instead made from ricotta, making them a lighter alternative.

Crispy sausage orecchiette

Look for herby sausages that are already well-seasoned, so that you only need a few extra ingredients (including all-important cavolo nero) to make up a hearty plate of food.