I'm not a huge fan of kale. I find the taste a little bitter, and the edges a little sharp. Nevertheless, I get kale periodically in my Misfits Markets boxes, and want to make the best of it. What to do? Well, how about adding it to a pasta side? After all, sneaking more veggies into our food is never a bad thing.
PASTA WITH KALE & TOMATOES
1 pound rotini (or your favorite shape)
1 bunch kale
1/2 box grape tomatoes
1 clove garlic
salt & pepper
Cook the rotini according to the box directions; pour into a strainer and cover to keep it warm (really! use the pot lid!). Return the pot to the stove.
Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons, as needed, in the pasta pot. Mince up the garlic, and saute it in the olive oil over medium-low heat until soft. Cut the stems out of the kale, then coarsely chop the leaves. Cut the tomatoes in halves or quarters, depending upon their size. Add to the olive oil, turn the heat up slightly, and cook until the kale begins to wilt and the tomatoes soften a bit. Add salt and pepper to taste, then return the pasta to the pot, stirring to combine, and adding more olive oil if necessary to make sure everything is coated. Leave it on the heat for a minute to be sure everything's heated through, then serve.
My boy loved this. Patrick announced that he likes kale better than spinach; Ryan announced that Patrick's a little nuts. In other words, a normal dinner here in our little corner of the world.
Happy Weekending, everyone!
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