Creamy Sweet Potato & Kale Casserole with Spiced Coconut Béchamel & Ginger

Creamy Sweet Potato & Kale Casserole

with Spiced Coconut Béchamel & Ginger

35 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

In this recipe, we’re combining fall’s best produce with some of our favorite African and Southeast Asian flavors. Sweet potatoes and earthy kale are perfectly at home in a rich béchamel sauce made with coconut milk, piquant ginger and a rich, warming Berbere spice blend, common in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisines. Baked together with soft egg noodles and topped with a crunchy Parmesan-breadcrumb crust, it’s seasonal comfort food with delicious global flair.

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  • Calories
    700 Cals (est.)
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Creamy Sweet Potato & Kale Casserole with Spiced Coconut Béchamel & Ginger
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 475°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat 2 large pots of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and medium dice the sweet potatoes. Peel and mince the ginger. Remove and discard the kale stems; roughly chop the leaves.

Cook the sweet potatoes:
2 Cook the sweet potatoes:

Add the sweet potatoes to the first pot of boiling water. Cook 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain thoroughly and place in a large bowl.

Cook the noodles:
3 Cook the noodles:

While the sweet potatoes cook, add the noodles to the second pot of boiling water. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until just shy of al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Drain thoroughly and transfer to the bowl of cooked sweet potatoes. Rinse and wipe out the pot.

Make the béchamel sauce:
4 Make the béchamel sauce:

In the pot used to cook the noodles, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ginger and cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened and fragrant. Add the flour and spice blend; cook, whisking frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until toasted and fragrant. Slowly add the coconut milk (shaking the can before opening) and ¾ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, whisking frequently, 3 to 5 minutes, or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish the filling:
5 Finish the filling:

Stir the kale into the pot of béchamel sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the kale has wilted. Turn off the heat. Add the cooked sweet potatoes and noodles; stir until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Bake the casserole & serve your dish:
6 Bake the casserole & serve your dish:

Transfer the finished filling to a baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and cheese. Stir in enough olive oil to moisten the mixture; season with salt and pepper to taste. Evenly top the filling with the breadcrumb-cheese mixture. Place the baking dish on a sheet pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until bubbly and browned on top. Remove from the oven and let stand for at least 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Preheat the oven to 475°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat 2 large pots of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and medium dice the sweet potatoes. Peel and mince the ginger. Remove and discard the kale stems; roughly chop the leaves.

2 Cook the sweet potatoes:

Add the sweet potatoes to the first pot of boiling water. Cook 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain thoroughly and place in a large bowl.

Cook the sweet potatoes:
Cook the noodles:
3 Cook the noodles:

While the sweet potatoes cook, add the noodles to the second pot of boiling water. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, or until just shy of al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Drain thoroughly and transfer to the bowl of cooked sweet potatoes. Rinse and wipe out the pot.

4 Make the béchamel sauce:

In the pot used to cook the noodles, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ginger and cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened and fragrant. Add the flour and spice blend; cook, whisking frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until toasted and fragrant. Slowly add the coconut milk (shaking the can before opening) and ¾ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, whisking frequently, 3 to 5 minutes, or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the béchamel sauce:
Finish the filling:
5 Finish the filling:

Stir the kale into the pot of béchamel sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the kale has wilted. Turn off the heat. Add the cooked sweet potatoes and noodles; stir until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Bake the casserole & serve your dish:

Transfer the finished filling to a baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and cheese. Stir in enough olive oil to moisten the mixture; season with salt and pepper to taste. Evenly top the filling with the breadcrumb-cheese mixture. Place the baking dish on a sheet pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until bubbly and browned on top. Remove from the oven and let stand for at least 2 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Bake the casserole & serve your dish:
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