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Pasta with Kale & Potatoes
Italy

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A strikingly green pasta course or light main dish that takes only moderate attention while cooking - and incorporates a whole bunch of ultra-nutritious kale.


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Kale (1)
Potatoes (2)
Garlic
Water
Salt
Pasta (3)
Olive Oil, ExtV
Salt
Pepper
-- Garnish
Cheese, grated
Prep   -   (18 min)
  1. Float wash the KALE and cut away the stems. Folding the two sides against each other makes this easy. Then cut it crosswise into strips 1/2 inch wide or narrower.
  2. Peel POTATOES and cut into 1/2 inch dice. Hold in cold water until needed.
  3. Crush GARLIC and chop small.
RUN   -   (35 min)
  1. In a heavy bottomed pot bring about 4 quarts of Water to a boil and add about 2 T of Salt. Add the Kale and Potatoes and let it cook at a slow boil for about 15 minutes for Tuscan Kale. For Curly Kale give the kale an extra 5 minutes head start before adding potatoes for 15 minutes.
  2. Add Pasta and cook until pasta is still well underdone. It should no longer crunch when chewed but still be quite stiff.
  3. Reserve 2 cups of the Pasta Water while draining the Pasta mix.
  4. Wash out the pot. Heat Olive Oil and fry Garlic until it starts to sizzle, then stir in the Pasta mix until coated with oil, then 1 c reserved Pasta Water. Cook over moderately high heat stirring frequently to break up Potatoes and Kale. Add more pasta cooking water as needed. Do not overcook.
  5. Season to taste with Salt and Pepper and serve hot. Pass Grated Cheese for garnish.
NOTES:
  1. Kale:   The best kale to use is Black / Tuscan Kale which is more tender than the common Curly Kale. For details see our Kale Page.
  2. Potatoes:   I prefer White Rose for this recipe. It gives the right combination of sauce and potatoes. For details see our Potatos page.
  3. Pasta   Penne or similar short pasta are best because they can take the stirring needed to distribute hte Kale and Potatoes.
  4. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar=as required tt=to taste
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