Lemon Kale Fettuccine

Tonight was one of those throw together a quick dinner night, since I just got back from a whirlwind long weekend visiting my Grandparents in Dallas. I spent a lot of time cooking, eating and catching up with all my relatives and was also able to enjoy a big Patriots win on Saturday! Craig went grocery shopping yesterday and brought home some gorgeous homemade spinach fettuccine. So I was inspired to create this simple, 15 minute dish! Kale, lemon, toasted pine nuts and a bit of garlic combine to make a healthy, filling and super easy pasta. You could top this with chicken to make it a one pot meal or serve it on the side. I added some grated Parmesan and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

Recipe and photos after the jump

1/4 cup pine nuts
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp minced garlic (approx 5-6 cloves)
juice of 1/2 lemon (approx 2 tbsp)
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes + more to taste
3 cups fresh kale, ribs removed, washed and cut into 1″ ribbons
1lb fresh or dry fettuccine (I used spinach, but whole wheat or white is fine too)
optional: Parmesan cheese

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Spread pine nuts on a cookie sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes until toasted, keep an eye on these so they don’t burn

3. Saute garlic in olive oil on medium heat, 2 minutes

4. Add kale, lemon juice, zest and red pepper flakes, toss to combine

5. Saute kale mixture for 5-7 minutes, until kale wilts

6. Toss with pine nuts

7. Cook pasta according to package directions

8. Toss kale with pasta and serve with Parmesan and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes

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6 Responses to Lemon Kale Fettuccine

  1. Yummy January 17, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    How delicious! I love the color the kale adds to the dish. Very unusual!

  2. Suzi January 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    This looks delicious, a lot of times those throw together meals are the best. Quick and easy and healthy.

  3. PolaM January 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Looks delicious and I have kale in the fridge. This might be my dinner tonight.

  4. Katie January 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Wow….I've never eaten kale before, but I need to board that train. Like, now!

  5. ER January 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    what other pastas can i use this with?

  6. Dara January 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    You could use anything, really. The light sauce is best suited for spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine – but you could use penne or a small pasta as well.

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