It's high time for a new pasta dish, don't we think?
You know, to be healthy.
Actually, this IS a really healthy pasta. It's also super quick to make so we all win in that department. Whole wheat pasta with kale and white wine topped with buttery burst tomatoes that are about to be SO EPICALLY DELICIOUS but for now regular ones from the store are fine. Definitely the way to do pasta.
If you play your cards right, this can be done in 40 minutes or so. You need pasta and kale, duh. You also need white wine, cherry tomatoes, garlic, butter, anchovy paste, parsley, and crushed red pepper. If you don't cook with anchovy paste you should! It doesn't taste fishy, just nice and earthy and salty. It's what makes Caesar dressing taste like Caesar dressing. Buy a tube! Learn to use it! If you can't imagine the thought of life with a tube of pureed concentrated fish in your fridge, skip it and add a little bit more salt. You'll be fine.
First, start some water to boil for the pasta. Then, add the tomatoes with a drizzle of oil to a skillet with a lid. Cover the tomatoes and turn the heat to medium high. The tomatoes will steam and get all saucy and sexy while you make the rest of the dish.
While the water is coming to a boil and the tomatoes are working, smash the garlic with the side of your knife and peel it.
Then, finely mince the garlic.
Roughly chop the parsley, too.
By now the pasta water should be boiling, so boil the pasta to al dente according to the package directions. Right before you drain the pasta, use a mug to scoop out some of the cooking water and save it for when we make our sauce.
Drain the pasta, and set it aside while you make the rest of the sauce.
I should also point out that I need a bigger kitchen.
After about 15 minutes, check the tomatoes. When they're burst and lovely and saucy, we're ready to move on with the sauce!
Add the butter and half the garlic to the tomatoes with a sprinkle of salt. Stir for one minute, then turn the tomatoes off to wait for the rest of the dish.
In the same pot that you used for the pasta, add another drizzle of oil and the anchovy paste over medium-high heat.
Let the anchovy paste cook just a bit until it starts to melt into the oil, then add the rest of the garlic, parsley, and crushed red pepper. Cook for 2 minutes...
....then add the kale! It looks like a lot, but it cooks down. Promise!
Now, pour in the wine and use tongs to toss around the veggies and wine.
After 3 minutes when the kale has wilted just slightly, add the pasta back to the pot and toss it with the kale mixture. Splash in the cooking water just a bit at a time to have enough liquid to coat the pasta. Taste, and add more salt or crushed red pepper if you think it needs it.
Serve the pasta topped with the burst tomatoes and some parmesan cheese. I MEAN PLEASE. Look at this!
Absolutely gorgeous, easy to make, and super healthy fo yo bod.
Totally perfect hump day food. Enjoy!
Kale Pasta with Burst Tomato Sauce
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- 10 ounces whole wheat spaghetti, or other long cut pasta
- 6 cups washed, torn kale
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 3 cups cherry tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper, plus more to taste
- ½ cup roughly chopped parsley leaves
- 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- salt, optional, to taste
- parmesan cheese, optional, for serving
- Cook the pasta to package directions. Right before draining, reserve one cup of the cooking water. Drain the pasta and set aside.
- In the same pot, add a drizzle of olive oil, the crushed red pepper, and the anchovy paste. Turn the heat to medium-high. When the anchovy paste sizzles and melts into the oil, add half the garlic, the kale, and parsley to the pot, then pour in the wine. Toss the kale around for 4-6 minutes until wilted and the garlic is fragrant, then add the pasta back to the pot and toss everything together. Add the reserved cooking water a bit at a time to coat the pasta. Taste, and add salt if needed to your taste, or more crushed red pepper if you'd like.
- For the burst tomato sauce (I start this when the pasta water is boiling) add all the tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil to a skillet with a tight fitting lid. Cover the tomatoes and turn the heat to medium-high. Let the tomatoes steam and burst for about 15 minutes until a sauce has formed. Add 2 of the minced garlic cloves, the butter, and a sprinkle of salt. Cook for 2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant, then taste and add more salt if needed.
- Serve the pasta topped with the tomatoes and cheese, if desired.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 25
- Serving Size: 4
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