Pasta with Kale…and More!

Are you looking for something yummy to eat for dinner? Matt and I love this pasta dish! It’s healthy and it tastes oh so good.  Matt actually makes it more than I do but this time, we made it together.  There’s a little prep work involved so we both got busy and it wasn’t long at all before we both had heaping platefuls to enjoy.

 

Pasta with Kale...and More!

 

Pasta with Kale…and More!
from Two Peas & Their Pod (their title for this dish is much longer)
serves 6 – 8

Ingredients
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 head garlic, cloves peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 large bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound spaghetti or other pasta
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, cut into slivers-pits removed
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese

What To Do
Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer garlic with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Cook onion in the remaining oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add dried cranberries and cook until plumped, about 1 minute.

Add kale leaves into onion mixture with water and 3/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat until almost tender, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a pasta pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water and drain pasta.

Toss pasta with kale, kalamata olives, and 1/2 cup pasta water. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle feta cheese and garlic chips over the pasta dish and serve warm.

My Comments
We use a normal onion rather than a red one.

We always use rotini pasta when making this dish.

Matt likes mixing the feta cheese and toasted garlic in with everything else rather than sprinkling it on top.  I sprinkled it on top for the photo.

 

I’m going to grow kale in my garden this year (it’s about an inch tall right now in my living room) and I can’t wait to make this pasta dish with my very own kale.

We both really like eating this and make it often.  It makes a lot and the leftovers are great.  I hope you try it out and love it as much as we do.

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