Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pasta with Kale, Lemon, Parmesan & Bacon!!!

Supper tonight was delicious and I combined 2 recipes into one....The one below and a bacon pasta recipe....I adjusted to my family about 3 large Kale leaves a cup of peas I just add the Kale annd peas at the end of the pasta cook time (saves steps and time) then in a frying pan fry about a cup of chopped bacon and a small onion till onion is translucent and bacon is crisp I added half a can of diced (seasoned - small can) tomatoes to the pan then toss with pasta.....yummmmmmm!
Pasta with Kale, Lemon & Parmesan
Yield – 4 servings Preparation Time – 20 minutes Cooking Time – 15 minutes

  • 10-12 kale leaves (free)
  • 1 lb. small pasta noodles, fusili or small shells ($.50)
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested ($.50)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil ($.15)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese ($.50)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • In a medium saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to boil.  Add 1 Tbsp salt and then add the kale leaves.  Boil 2-3 minutes, or until the kale is soft and bright green. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water. Let sit for a few minutes before chopping.  Then chop into bite size pieces.
  • In a different saucepan (or the same one), boil the pasta noodles.  Once cooked, drain and rinse with cool water if you are planning to serve this as a cold dish.
  • Toss the cooked pasta with the chopped kale leaves.  Then squeeze in the juice of 2 lemons, plus 1 tsp lemon zest. Add in the olive oil and some salt and pepper.  Toss well.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and toss again.
  • Serve as is…or with fresh fruit…or with sliced grilled chicken on top. Or mixed in. (whatever works for you, works for me!)
  • Serve chilled or warm.
Cost $4.40, at most

Did you make it what did you think????

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