Looking for a delicious and healthy recipe you can make for lunch or dinner in less than 10 minutes?
Look no further than this uber-yummy kale pasta.
One cold night last week, I was left alone to find dinner for myself. A quick glance through the refrigerator revealed there were no leftovers that could be heated up. However, there was some leftover pasta. And in the vegetable drawer, there was a bunch of kale.
Kale is a leafy green in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and brussel sprouts. It’s kind of like spinach, but it’s thicker and chock full with vitamins and minerals. It’s one of those vegetables people always say is especially good for you, so I decided that it was probably a good choice for dinner.
A quick sauté in smashed garlic and olive oil, then a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, and my dinner was complete. Not to mention, it was absolutely, unexpectedly amazing. So good, in fact, that I knew I had to share it with you guys.
The numbers aren’t super precise, because for savory cooking you can play around more with how much of each ingredient you want. For example, if you love garlic (like me), you can definitely add a few extra cloves. Just be sure to eat a breath mint after… 😉
I know I don’t usually do savory dishes, but this pasta is so simple and wonderful that I would definitely suggest you try it out for dinner one night this week. You just might be surprised!
Kale and Garlic Pasta
1 box of uncooked pasta (I used penne)
A pinch of salt
3-4 cups of chopped kale, washed and dried
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
5 cloves of garlic, smashed
Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling
Fill a large pot 2/3 full with water. Place over a burner on a stove at medium-high heat and bring it to a rolling boil. Add a pinch of salt, and then add the box of pasta. Let cook for about 10-12 minutes, checking at intervals to test for the texture. Meanwhile, start the kale.
In a saute pan, heat the olive oil for a minute or so. Add the garlic cloves and cook until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Add the kale and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to prevent burning. When the kale has wilted completely, it’s done.
Strain the pasta through a colander, then serve with kale on top. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top, then enjoy!