Sunday, May 1, 2011

Lemon Kale Pasta

I have developed a love for kale. I spotted this recipe on Annie's Eats, and I knew it was something I'd enjoy. Dave will eat things made with kale, but he tires of it quickly, so I need to spread out my recipes featuring this leafy green. This dish would make a perfect summer side hot or chilled. We used it as a main dish, and I think I would pair it with some more protein next time.

For the dressing, you will need:

*2 cloves garlic, minced
*1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

*1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

*5-6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

*juice of 2 lemons
*1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

*ground black pepper, to taste

For the pasta dish, you will need:
1 lb. whole grain pasta
1 bunch kale, stems removed, cut into 1/2 ribbon strips (don't forget to rinse and dry first!)
lemon slices and additional Parmesan, for serving if desired

Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Once the water reaches a rolling boil, cook pasta according to the package directions.

2. While waiting for the water to boil, make the dressing. Sprinkle the minced garlic with 1/4 teaspoon of the kosher salt and smash this combination into a paste with a fork. Place the garlic paste in a small bowl and whisk to combine the Parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.

3. Place the kale ribbons in a large bowl and toss with the dressing to coat. When the pasta is finished, drain, and allow it to cool for 2 minutes.

4. Toss the pasta with the dressed kale until well coated. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese and lemon slices.

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