Your choice: Vegetarian or with Meat, Sauteed, Kale Pasta
Recently I did some experimenting in the kitchen and came up with what may be my new favorite pasta dish. Combining the fresh flavor of celery with sweet, lightly caramelized onions, the vibrant flavor of kale, a bit of freshly ground black pepper, salt and a splash of balsamic vinegar... Man, every time I think about this dish my mouth waters and I want some!
And it's sooooooo EASY to make!
You will need:
- Kale - I used 6 small leaves
- Celery - sliced a little less than a cup
- Onion - 1/4 but you could add more
- Salt - to taste
- Pepper - to taste
- Balsamic Vinegar - enough to coat pasta when you toss it with the vegetables I used approximately a TBS and a half
- Pasta - Made just enough to create two servings
- Cooking Oil - Sesame works well
Two minced cloves of fresh garlic.
I'd only ever baked kale and didn't know how to cook it on the stove top I went online and Googled "Sauteed Kale" and found this Bobby Flay recipe. It had 50 reviews and 5 stars so I figured it was a good one. I modified it a bit, simplifying it. I added a little more sesame oil to the saute pan I just took the celery and onions from, and let the minced garlic slowly cook on low heat until it just barely began to turn golden brown.
Here's my best pasta tip: Time your pasta to finish cooking exactly when your sauce will be ready. It never tastes better than at that moment. Let it sit too long after cooking and it gets soft and overcooked. Even if you rinse with cold water I don't think it ever tastes as good as when you can spoon it straight from the hot water and into the saute pan with your sauce to toss them together.
Plate and serve. It's so light, so healthy and tastes so good!
Same recipe with Cream Sauce Added
- MEAT: Small bites of (when possible, free range/organic) sauteed or baked chicken or (humanely produced) pancetta are obvious choices.
Pancetta Photo Courtsey of www.OneVanillaBean.com
Did you know you can even make your own pancetta? I found this blog post with pictures by someone who did to inspire you!
- FLAVORED SALT: Use a flavored salt. I used Italian Black Truffle Salt and it was awesome! It is expensive at $24 for just a small jar but I look at it this way. One jar will last quite a while. You could easily spend $24 on a single bottle of wine that you'd drink (with or without friends) in one or two evenings so what's $24 for a jar of salt that will last you months?
- CHEESE: Adding a finely grated (powdered) cheese like parmesan, romano or asiago would be flavorful and would make the dish more salty, so cut back on the salt if you add cheese.
- SAUCES: To make the dish fancier you can always add a sauce. Here I whisked some butter and flour together over medium heat, then added some milk, salt and pepper to create a single, small serving of cream sauce.
• One bunch of kale
• One bunch of celery
• 5 potatoes
• 1 small onion
• 2 carrots
What a deal right?
If you try this recipe come back and let me know how yours turned out and feel free to share any tips about modifications you created that turned out super yummy!
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