Monday, June 18, 2012

Meatless Monday: Spaghetti with Braised Kale

This week's Meatless Monday dish is made with kale.  I've been saving this pasta dish for a nice harvest of kale.  Luckily, that was sooner rather than later.  This is a nice, light dish for a hot summer day.  The kale is braised nicely until it's soft.  The lemon and parmesan cheese gives it a nice finish.  

Spaghetti with Braised Kale
Serves 4
Adapted from: Bon Appetit, October 2009

1 lb. Lacinato kale (about 2 bunches), large center ribs and stems removed, cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices
3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 lb. spaghetti
juice of 1 lemon
finely grated Parmesan cheese

1) Rise kale.  Drain and transfer to a bowl with some water still clinging.

2) Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat.  Add the chopped onions and cook until soft and translucent, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes.  Add garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper; cook until onions are golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

3) Add kale and remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil and toss until wilted, about 3 minutes.  Cover pot and reduce heat to medium-low.  Continue cooking until kale is very tender, stirring occasionally and adding water by teaspoonfuls if dry, about 20 minutes.

4) Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in medium pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally.  Drain, reserving 1/4 c. cooking water.  Add cooked spaghetti to the kale mixture in the pot.  Add lemon juice and 2 Tbsp. reserved cooking water; toss to combine, adding more liquid by tablespoonfuls if dry.  Sprinkle spaghetti with grated Parmesan cheese and serve.

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Stoney Acres said...

Wow thanks for the recipe. We are always looking for new ways to use the kale from our garden. This one will have to go on the list!!

Wendy said...

yum - another amazing chard/kale recipe!!!

~Holly~ said...

stoney acres: I was a quick and easy way to use up the kale.

wendy: You know I love my greens!