Winter Pasta

Winter Pasta Recipe


I seem to inherit a lot of CSA boxes. Friends and neighbors forget to put holds on their subscriptions before leaving town, and sure enough, they end up in my kitchen. When I was a kid there was a house that was always happy to take in stray animals, I've become the equivalent for CSA boxes. And I have to say, it's pretty great.

Winter Pasta Recipe

That said, cooking through a box is always a challenge of sorts. I mean, you want to cook your way through it before things start to go bad, sad or wilted. This always forces me to adapt and try out ideas I might not have considered otherwise. You also have the element of surprise that comes along with each box - not knowing exactly what will be inside each one. Although, there is one thing I do know. The box, whichever farm it comes from, usually includes lots and lots of greens - kale, spinach, lettuce, chard, arugula. Sometimes all of the above.

My friend Dan dropped off a box the other night, and after a quick glance I knew I would need to put a dent in the greens right away. I made this simple one-pot winter pasta with a sauce made from lots of kale, shallots, garlic, goat cheese and penne. Whatever I had on hand. You might tweak it with a different cheese - Parmesan or pecorino, for example. Or even ricotta. You could top it with a some chopped black olives or toasted nuts...I kept it pretty simple here. You can reheat any leftovers the next day, with a splash of water. The pasta holds up nicely.

Winter Pasta Recipe

I know a lot of you subscribe to CSAs and I'd love to hear your favorite ways to use up your greens. I have a bunch of go-to green-intensive recipes I rely on, but if you're doing something unique or unexpected with them on your end please share. I suspect Melissa Clark's kale salad will continue to be in high rotation around here all winter. I keep making it, in part because unlike other green salads that go south shortly after being dressed, this kale salad likes to party. It's delicious, and just gets better as it sits around, fully dressed, waiting for people to notice it. Other favorites? You can't go wrong with a hefty pot of Ribollita - I trade off between that and various takes on this lentil soup to which I add lots of chopped kale.

 
 
 
 

Winter Pasta

I used penne here, but you can substitute whatever pasta you like. Spinach can be substituted for the kale if you like as well.

4 cloves of garlic, peeled
4 small shallots, peeled
1 small bunch of kale - 1/2 lb / 8 oz, stalks removed, washed well
1/3 cup / 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup / 2 oz goat cheese, plus more for topping
2 tablespoons + hot pasta water
fine grain sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
fresh lemon juice - optional
12 oz / 340 g dried penne pasta
fresh thyme - and thyme flowers

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the boiling water generously, and add the garlic and shallots. Boil for 2-3 minutes, stir in the kale and cook for another ten seconds. Don't overcook. Working quickly, use a slotted spoon or strainer to fish the greens, garlic, and shallots from the water. Use a food processor to puree the ingredients along with the olive oil and goat cheese. Add a couple tablespoons of hot pasta water if needed to thin things out if needed. Then season with a touch of salt and plenty of black pepper. Taste. Depending on your goat cheese, you might need a little extra acidic oomph if your sauce is a bit flat. If so, add fresh lemon juice a bit at a time until you're happy with it the sauce. Set aside.

Reheat the pot of water and boil the pasta per package instructions. Drain and toss immediately with the green sauce. Serve topped with a few pinches of fresh thyme, and more crumbled goat cheese.

Serves 4-6.

Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 10 min

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Rebecca
November 4, 2010

Hi Heidi,

I'm new to your site and I have been really enjoying reading your posts and making some of your recipes. My sister has been following your site for a while and recommended it to me. This recipe looks delicious.

 

joe @ Eden Kitchen
November 4, 2010

I like to add kale to my favourite red lentil dahl. I tried the recipe you shared for Tuscan kale salad and it was gorgeous. I don't think I even knew what kale was before I discovered your site a few years back!

 

Sarah
November 4, 2010

Being a Brit I had to look up the term CSA - it seems to be what we call a veg box here. Why do they call it Community Supported Agriculture when there don't appear to be any animals in the boxes?

I get an organic veg box once a fortnight and I love cooking my way through it.

 

Caroline @ A Cozy Kitchen
November 5, 2010

I've been wanting to try signing up for a CSA box but have been worried about not using everything in it... Hopefully I can come up with more recipes like this, I never would have thought of using kale as a pasta sauce! Thanks for the recipe!

 

Marianne
November 5, 2010

What a great way to use up kale. I'm always looking for pasta dishes that aren't tomato based or alfredo-esque, as I'm not really a fan of either. I think I need to get my hands on a bunch of kale asap!

 

Rebecca
November 5, 2010

Heidi, this looks délicieux! Will definitely be making it this weekend (with fresh French goat cheese, nothing better in the world). I may have asked you this before, but they don't have kale in France - is there anything I can substitute that will lend a similar flavor/texture? Spinach? Chard? Merci beaucoup! Rebecca in Paris

 

Alexis
November 5, 2010

We have lots of different ways of getting through greens in our CSA... Asian greens usually get the "Chinese soup" treatment. My mom used to toss greens and a protein (chicken, tofu, whatever) into broth with ginger, garlic, soy sauce and some chilies. Add sesame oil, green onions, and cilantro at the table and you're all set. Kale and other hardy bitter greens often get sauteed with bacon, garlic, and chili flakes and then served over polenta or pasta with a couple of fried eggs and sometimes some cheese on top. Between greens and squash, the winter CSA can take some creativity. :)

 

Jessica @ How Sweet
November 5, 2010

Mmmm this looks delicious. So comforting.

 

Simply Life
November 5, 2010

Oh this does look perfect for the winter!

 

tigress
November 5, 2010

Kale (or chard etc) flatbreads are the way to go for me. I can get 2 whole bunches in a batch of 8 flatbreads. Parboil then chop them up along with a bit of chopped chile pepper, ginger and cilantro. Mix this into a basic whole wheat flatbread dough and cook on a griddle - chapati style! Serve with chutney, pickle or raita!

 

A Teenage Gourmet
November 5, 2010

I recently met Giada de Laurentiis and she showed me how to make her Spicy Pesto Pasta recipe! It's very similar to yours, and I've posted it on my site. Absolutely delicious!

 

Inge
November 5, 2010

This is great! I just got a whole bunch of kale in my Dutch version of a CSA box and was still wondering what to do with it, since I don't like the traditional Dutch preparation, when I saw this post. It's meant to be!

 

Jonzie
November 5, 2010

I wish I had forgetful friends like yours :)

 

Maggie at Eat Boutique
November 5, 2010

Honestly, I just love making sauteed eggs and greens. Any greens, especially kale or chard, sauteed with garlic & onions, served underneath some fried eggs makes me friends/family every time. Love it in pasta. Any tomatillo recipe suggestions? I just harvested another 10 lbs from my garden?!

 

Anna
November 5, 2010

I love to make a kale and butternut or acron squash pizza. With some mozzarella and goat cheese or parmesan and lots of crushed red pepper! I also agree with Maggie- garlicky greens with a fried egg, over rice especially, is a great hearty meal that even satisfies my meat-eating husband.

 

Kathleen
November 5, 2010

I love your site and have made several of your recipes. We're in Canada and have received an organic basket (that's what our family calls it even though it arrives in a box!) for about 15 years. Every now and then we get stuck on how to use something but we are mostly inspired. Our go-to recipe for kale and chard is from Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon. It's called 'Pasta with Hearty Greens and Beans' and it is ridiculously simple but delicious. Even our girls love it. (Basically, it is sliced greens cooked in olive oil and then combined with cooked pasta, white beans, lots of garlic, salt, pepper and lemon juice.)

 

Stephanie
November 5, 2010

Until recently we had an on-farm pickup CSA share and now that we've moved, we get a weekly box delivered. My favorite way to use up various greens is Deborah Madison's Greens with Potatoes recipe- can't remember off the top of my head if the recipe is from The Savory Way or Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, but essentially it's sauteed greens with some cooked potato chunks tossed in, and a little olive oil/lemon juice/vinegar for flavor, plus salt and plenty of pepper.

 

Kim
November 5, 2010

This looks fantastic-- another classic 101 Recipes find.

When my CSA box is overflowing with greens my go to is beans and greens soup. Sometimes I leave it chunky and sometimes I blend it.

 

Bogna@Pots and Frills
November 5, 2010

Just another interesting recipe for kale. Somehow I have been eating it only in Indian dishes.

 

Katrina
November 5, 2010

Awesome recipe! I can't wait to try it.

 

Liz
November 5, 2010

I love kale, it's a terrific green, I will definitely be giving this a go. I also think I'm going to do a half share CSA this summer, I've wanted to for awhile and I think now is the time!

I have plans for a big kale salad for Thanksgiving with cranberries, nuts, and blue cheese

 

Sara
November 5, 2010

I've been part of a CSA in Durham, NC for three years now and I love it! One thing I love to do with my kale is make kale chips. This usually involves tossing the kale with olive oil, salt, pepper and other spices (cumin, paprika, chipotle powder and nutritional yeast, in my case) and popping the kale in the dehydrator for about 8 hours. Alternatively, you could bake them in a 200 F oven for about 15 minutes (but you have to watch closely to make sure they don't burn). I also like to make vegan quiches based on this one http://happyherbivore.com/recipe/quiche-greens/. I usually add some caramelized onions and sun dried tomatoes for extra flavor.

 

Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet
November 5, 2010

I make something very similar to this but with spinach and it is more of a simple saute but since I love Kale, I will definitely make the substitution and follow your recipe. I would love to say you had me at Kale, but it is really the goat cheese. Goat cheese on pasta or pizza is fantastic. And maybe a touch of parm.

 

DessertForTwo
November 5, 2010

I love dark greens so so much. This looks delicious!

 

Citron
November 5, 2010

I love kale. It's definitely my favorite greens. I use it in everything, and sometimes I just sauté it in a pan with some garlic, and a dash of tamari and rice vinegar, and I just gobble it up as is.

I also like to chop it finely, sauté it in a pan and add it to a smash with potatoes, sweet potatoes, ground almonds or cashews, some nutritional yeast and pepper. I top it with some seeds. You may want to top it with a bit of parmesan too. I make this dish all the time in the winter. My kids eat it like it's their last meal.

Thanks for your wonderful recipes and ideas.

 

Sarah
November 5, 2010

With growing seasons as they are in Ontario, we recieved our last CSA box this week for the season. We look forward each week to the surprises of what's been freshed picked. Nothing feels greater than picking wet mud off of freshly dug potatoes. We're fortunate that 1/2 of our box tends to be storage veg, so we are stocked up on squash, potatoes, yams and tomatillas for the next few months.

But back to your question - our favorite greens are the beet tops, we sautee and eat as is, or stuff chicken, or eat raw in a salad along with the stems.

 

Robin (Hippo Flambe)
November 5, 2010

My families favorite is kale chips. The hardest part is making enough of them.

This summer I experimented with the mesclun mix that often went to waste and found it was delicious sauteed. Originally only my 5 year old was eating it with the adults, now my 8 year old loves it too. Plus it turns a huge bag of greens into a small bowl.

-Robin

 

heather
November 5, 2010

Ooo, thanks for sharing your "use up the greens" recipe. I have everything thing on hand to make it tonight.

I think I am repeating what other's say here but maybe that will reinforce the delicious factor of the combination.

I use up a large head of bok choy with this recipe, substituting the pork chops for cubes of fried tofu and adding a bit of cornstarch in water to the sauce to thicken it a bit. It has also been a great money saver as it usually abates my need for take out chinese. (broccoli is great in this recipe too).

I long for piles of kale because I am addicted to Molly's (orangette) Kale and Eggs. I sub in your veg boullion (my favorite ah ha recipe ever!) and double the kale.

And I put handfuls of greens in every pot of soup and beans I make.

If only I could get through all the lettuces. Once the temp drops below 40 I am not into salad.

 

Caffettiera
November 5, 2010

When I subscribed to the organic veg box in the UK, I never got enough greens, but I was given every week a swede, immediately renamed 'the evil turnip' by my family, who did not like it. I have to admit that more than one ended up in the compost bin, though most of them were mashed or in soup or braised, and eaten by me.

 

Monica
November 5, 2010

One of my favorite greens recipes is your baked pasta casserole. I also made swiss chard and pork dumplings this year, those are still in the freezer waiting to be tried, and I finally got that dinosaur kale for the first time in my CSA this week (the last week!) so I might be trying that salad recipe you posted a few posts ago. I want to do some soups, too, all I've done soup-wise is purees so far this year. I am sure I will be trying this as it looks like it will come together in a flash, or the "pesto" can be made in advance.

 

Susie
November 5, 2010

This looks so delicious! I need to try this. love your recipes. I've made the Pumpkin Spice pie four times already--adore it. :)

 

Kate
November 5, 2010

Heidi - it's like you read my mind (or looked in my fridge). I have a bunch of fresh kale that needs to be used up in the next few days, and this looks perfect for tomorrow when I'm in need of a warm, satisfying lunch at home.

 

laura @ alittlebarefoot
November 5, 2010

when i used to subscribe to a CSA, i was making a lot of pestos, soups and stews using the greens. kale chips were also a popular thing.

 

Maggie
November 5, 2010

Perennial favourites for lentils: The lentil, roasted pepper and feta salad from The Greens Cookbook (Deborah Madison) is something to return to time and again (I've been relying on it for 15 years or so and everyone loves it.

Denis Cotter (two great books: Café Paradiso, Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me) has a great range of vegetarian kale recipes, given how easy it is to grow and buy kale in Ireland.

 

Delishhh
November 5, 2010

Great post. I am always curious too. I usually end up doing a soup, starting with stock, then adding the greens, lots of garlic and lemon. Really good and simple. I will post the recipe soon.

 

Rosie
November 5, 2010

Hi there,

Just wanted to send a quick thanks as I've been having such amazing luck with your recipes lately - the coconut red lentil curry, sushi bowl, double broccoli quinoa, asparagus-tabasco butter quinoa are all now part of our regular rotation. It is very refreshing to find so many truly delicious, sure-fire recipes that are also good for us - I will be going through your archives all winter!

 

Lynna
November 5, 2010

This looks and sounds fantastic. I was wondering, I recently bought some fresh lavender leaves and I'm not sure how to use them. Do you think I could sub them for thyme in this recipe? Or do you have any other suggestions?

 

amy
November 5, 2010

I like to add sauteed greens to tofu rice bowls a la ReBar (the lovely almost-vegetarian cookbook from the Victoria restaurant of the same name). Since my husband is among the greens-averse, recipes like that are a way to make similar-but-separate meals for the two of us, substituting peas or broccoli for him.

One of my favorite greens recipes is Deborah Madison's Green Barley Gratin from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone]. Blanched greens are pureed and added to a bechamel sauce with Gruyere, then poured over barley and baked. Even my husband can't find anything to dislike about that :-).

I've been cooking through your archives in the last few months, Heidi, and we have enjoyed every one. Thank you for inspiring so many lovely meals. Can't wait to see the new cookbook!

 

HappyWhenNotHungry
November 5, 2010

This looks amazing! I just made some pesto last week to use up a bunch of my fresh herbs before they die. I also dry them as well, so I can have them all winter.

 

fresh365
November 5, 2010

I love kale, but it is the other greens I have a hard time with. Sometimes beens & greens with caramelized onions is nice and I also have a good Collard Green Pesto recipe which is nice. Can't wait to hear everyone's suggestions.

 

Beth @kitchen minions
November 5, 2010

kale pesto...that sounds delicious, I really need to join a CSA, It looks like such a great way to produce creativity

 

Susan
November 5, 2010

This pasta looks so wonderful ... and healthy! I just posted a Sephardi Pickle recipe that you may like ... it will use some of your cabbage greens, but also cauliflower, carrots, and any other good veg you think to combine...

 

Heidi, this pasta dish looks SO hearty and heart warming. I happen to be getting ready to headout to the market and MUST get the ingredients! Anything with goat cheese and kale ROCKS in my book! -Mary

 

Jen @ keepitsimplefoods
November 5, 2010

Inheriting a lot of CSA boxes seems like a good problem to have.

 

This looks fantastic! I have some local goat cheese in the fridge - looks like this will be it's destiny!

 

callie
November 5, 2010

for a few weeks, we got tons of MASSIVE arugula in our CSA box, too tough and spicy to throw in a salad. i think the most creative thing i did with it was to make a timbale out of leftover lemony tomato-zucchini risotto, filled with a ton of blanched arugula and an herbed bechamel. it was one of those shocking experiments in which a few not-so great ingredients (once-frozen, texture destroyed risotto) turned into something really delicious, crisp on the top and sides, creamy and tangy in the middle, and with a bold undertone from the greens.

 

Calantha
November 5, 2010

Oh, I just bought a whole bunch of kale from the farmer's market! I don't have any penne though... but I just stocked up on soba. So I might do a soba bowl, using sesame oil and adding some fresh ginger to the mix as well!

 

KatieK
November 5, 2010

I tried kale for the first time when it came in my CSA, and after making Mark Bittman's kale soup (with wheatberries, tofu and potatoes)--it's a favorite! This soup from the "Vegetarian Bible" is a winter staple for us, and I've mixed in chard and other greens in a pinch. I also made a fantastic cabbage and kale gratin that beat away the rainy fall blues we get in Boston.

 

The Bounty Hunter
November 5, 2010

I always love a new recipe with kale!
Such a gorgeous colour. Thanks for sharing.

 

Allie
November 5, 2010

My favorite way to use up greens is in a big pot of polenta. First, saute garlic, shallots, leeks, or whatever you have on hand in some olive oil. Then add 4 cups salted water, boil, and add 1 cup polenta (or cornmeal). Keep stirring until almost completely soft, add some chopped greens (any will do), and cook until done. Then add a big handful of shredded cheese (I like cheddar or goat cheese) and some fresh herbs. This is really good with a fried egg.

 

Allie
November 5, 2010

I forgot to say, you have to add the cornmeal slowly, stirring the entire time, or it will all clump together!

 

Nicole @cookingafterfive
November 5, 2010

I love making kale pesto for pasta -- so delicious and healthy. And if I'm completely out of ideas, I always make kale chips before the greens start wilting.

 

Cindy
November 5, 2010

Looks tasty. I always like ways to use up the greens that we get in our CSA. Earlier this week I used 2 bunches of spinach, 2 bunches of beet greens and a bunch of mustard greens in a spanikopita, spinach cheese pie, dish and it turned out fantastic!

 

CommunityCook
November 5, 2010

My husband and I run a CSA and we have tons of recipes for greens, but it never seems to be enough for our members. We are constantly asked for good recipes they can use up their greens with. Actually my current blog post is all about our love of greens. This recipe is something I will start suggesting to our members. Thanks!

 

Rachel
November 5, 2010

what I would do for just one CSA box!
this pasta sounds amazing - it's nice to see a sauce that isn't creamy, tomato, or pesto.

 

bianca
November 5, 2010

I would love to be a CSA- spca- but sadly i missed the boat this year and so did all my friends.

xoxo
bianca

 

Jess
November 5, 2010

I'm obsessed with the simple recipe of rice vinegar and soy sauce - it brings out the sweet in any bitter green, and people who hate collared greens even when doused in bacon grease have loved it.

 

Duff
November 5, 2010

Just received the most beautiful carrots with fine, delicate fronds. Never tried to use them before, but found an internet recipe for a pesto using them. Blanched them quickly and then used an aged provolone as the cheese. A bit weird, but I think I really like it.

 

Martin Yarnit
November 5, 2010

I have a daughter who is allergic to pine nuts so I've been experimenting with new versions of pesto. So far the best is almonds, young rocket (old is too bitter), parmesan, garlic and olive oil. Of course, they don't really go in for pesto in Bologna...

 

Patty
November 5, 2010

Last night I made your "matchstick pasta" with kale, pomegranate, pistachio pesto and wheat pasta. The sweet of the fruit is wonderful with the kale.

 

Laura
November 5, 2010

This look fabulous, and will be a great way to use up the gorgeous kale in my garden. We get a lot of greens in our CSA, and we eat most of them as salads (and kale in soups). The only thing I can't deal with is chard -- just cannot bring myself to enjoy that icky leaf. A few nights ago, we made the kale salad you posted -- it was absurdly delicious. That recipe is a keeper, for sure.

 

Marianne Russell
November 5, 2010

Yum, this looks delicious! I usually make kale chips, use kale in pasta fazzioli and of course, your fabulous green lentil soup with the greek yogurt on top (the formal name slips my mind right now). I have to try this with some goat cheese I just got from the farmer's market Wednesday (I was going to use it on pizza)! Thanks for all the great recipes!

 

Countess11
November 5, 2010

White bean soup with Kale is another way to use up some kale.

 

Katie@Cozydelicious
November 5, 2010

I adore kale - but not everyone around here shares that feeling. But I bet all mixed up with yummy cheese and pureed, my family will actually eat their greens! Yum!

 

Katherine Deumling
November 5, 2010

Lovely post. My favorite way to use up lots of greens is in panfried patties served with a dollop of greek yohurt. here's the recipe.

 

Jenny
November 5, 2010

Kale is my #1 favorite vegetable. Lately, I have been boiling chopped kale for 2-3 minutes and then tossing it with fish sauce, toasted sesame seeds, a little toasted sesame oil, a little soy sauce, and dash of srihacha. I just play with the flavors until I like the flavor. It is excellent as a cold snack from the fridge, and it keeps for days.

 

Vicki
November 5, 2010

I love fresh greens! My Mom always made us something called "wilted lettuce", which isn't really wilted. Mom's recipe says use green leaf lettuce, but I don't know why you couldn't use kale or some other fresh greens. Wash lettuce, and cut into pieces (she tore the leaves into long strips). Cut up (or dice) new onions and add to lettuce. Sprinkle with salt. Sprinkle with vinegar. Heat olive oil to steaming, being careful not to overheat or allow to catch on fire. Pour the oil over the lettuce and stir to mix.

I could eat a CSA box full of greens prepared this way. I call it "snack crack" - it's so addictive!

 

Holly
November 5, 2010

Always looking for new ways to cook with Kale as we are getting plenty in our veg boxes at the moment too. This will definitely be on the menu here over the next couple of days - sounds very yummy!

 

marie-ann
November 5, 2010

i've never tried kale.i've never been much of a cook but trying to make more of an effort and this recipe looks a great place to start.thanks for your help.

 

Martha Pincoffs
November 5, 2010

I have a kale and arugula obsession. Really. This is one of my favorite renditions...

another iteration i love is a fried farm egg over quickly sauteed greens on brown rice and barley. it is killer with tamari and sirracha.

I am a huge fan of you work. Thanks for keeping the posts coming!

 

mai truong
November 5, 2010

Hi Heidi, thanks for another tasty recipe! I was wondering if you could recommend some kind of substitute for goat cheese. I would like to retain a punchy flavor and the soft texture, but without the goat cheese flavor (which I just cannot bring myself to like).

Thanks in advance for your thoughts! Mai

 

Stephanie
November 5, 2010

What a great way to use up all those greens! It looks really delicious (and like something my kale-hating husband might actually go for)!

Usually if I have any extra or any beginning to wilt I stash them in my "scraps bag" in the freezer and make vegetable stock when the bag is full.

 

Tammy
November 5, 2010

I've never tried anything like this before - a pasta sauce from kale! I'll definitely be trying this one!

 

Susan
November 5, 2010

I add kale to EVERYTHING! I make a great chicken, kale and wild rice soup with parsnips, onions and a little garlic for added flavor. I highlight with white wine vinegar and tarragon. My youngest says it's his favorite!

 

That looks fabulous! I just bought a bunch of kale yesterday, pasta is a great idea! Love the wintery theme; I think a red vegetable would compliment this dish.

 

Christina
November 5, 2010

A wonderful way to use up large quantities of greens is Saag Paneer, a creamy, curried puree of greens, bathing little fried cubes of paneer or (my usual choice) tofu. An excellent recipe can be found here: http://thefarmersmarketer.com/green_day_-_saag_paneer.html. Vegans: use tofu as just suggested and substitute coconut milk for the heavy cream.

 

Amanda at Enchanted Fig
November 5, 2010

This looks like something I could get into.

If the greens are easy...the kale, chard, spinach, and collards I like them warm with garlic, sesame, soy, and balsamic. Or sauteed with sun-dried tomatoes. But if they are of a bitter or peppery sort--the turnip greens, the mustard, the radish, I stress, and start making odd quantities of pesto, or sneaking them into soups in small bunches.

Someone mentioned lettuce and cold temperatures...lightly wilted lettuce is actually lovely, a winter remedy to what is usually a warm weather friend.

 

dgb
November 5, 2010

This looks like an absolute winner. I made the kale salad and as Heidi said, I also see myself making it again and again--it's delicious. Thanks for all the inspiration!

 

Amber
November 5, 2010

Wow, what a timely post for me. I was going to make pasta with goat cheese and kale tonight. This gives me a little extra inspiration. It looks delicious and healthy as always.

Love greens. Looking forward to lots of them this winter.

Cheers everyone.

 

jo
November 5, 2010

heidi .. you do a wonderful job presenting healthy whole foods in a way that is mouth watering! this kale pasta looks + sounds epic! i'm so excited to try it .. i love your email updates .. always brightens my day! your website is simply elegant! your doing fabulous things .. mahalo from hawaii!

 

dc
November 5, 2010

No CSA for me...*sigh* I can't get enough money together to pay for the whole season up front...so I live vicariously through these posts.

 

the blissful baker
November 5, 2010

that pasta looks lovely! i love your recipes!

 

Amanda
November 5, 2010

We have a similar organisation here in Australia called Food Connect. I am a big fan - and not just because it gets me out of going to the dreaded supermarket, but also because I know I am doing something good for the farmers and the environment by buying organic.
This is such a vibrant dish - it looks fantastic!

 

Anonymous
November 5, 2010

Heidi, help!

You and all the people who commented love kale, and I love all sorts of green vegetables, but when I tried kale it was tough as leather, even without stems, and never seemed to be done. How can it be cooked in a few minutes as indicated in your recipe?
Alma

 

Azia Graham
November 5, 2010

COOL

 

Renee
November 5, 2010

Heidi I love all of your recipes, they are inspiring (meaning the recipes will work with changes and adaptions were needed). The flatbread idea sounds like what I want to make with my greens. Can anyone point me in the direction of a great whole wheat flatbread recipe?
Renee

 

Julia
November 5, 2010

In an effort to include more greens in my diet, I too am always looking for interesting ways to use them! Just tried the Kale Waldorf Salad from the Whole Foods email blast. It was delicious and inspires variations--I added diced fuyu persimmons and used pomegranate balsamic vinegar. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2853
Heidi, I know you would put some interesting twists of your own on this recipe.

 

Murray
November 5, 2010

Thanks shallot!

 

Tall Clover
November 5, 2010

Yep once I started growing Kale, I broke up with Chard.

 

Emm
November 5, 2010

This pasta looks lovely. We grow kale, cavolo nero, silverbeet and rainbow chard in our vege garden so are always on the lookout for new ways to eat them! I like to wilt big handfuls in olive oil or ghee, with chilli flakes, sea salt and plenty of pepper. Serve on toast spread with herb labne. Wish I got given stray CSA boxes! Lucky you :-)

 

Arugula is great, uncooked, on top of margherita pizza as well as stirred into hot ravioli with parmesan cheese and spices, They do it in Italy al the time.

 

Sarah
November 5, 2010

Of course, kale chips! Toss cleaned DRY kale in olive oil and flakey sea salt and throw into the broiler for 4 or 5 minutes on a cookie sheet. Watch it closely so it doesn't burn. It's the most delicious snack. You can try fancy salt too, a bit of lemon or cayenne pepper. Mmmmmm.

 

AF
November 5, 2010

Hi! I am a member of our local CSA and I love greens! Broccoli greens, kale, spinach, you name it!

A particular favorite recipe that I have enjoyed since a child is sauteing butter and minced garlic together and then letting the green wilt in the mixture. It's quite delicious!

 

KateP
November 5, 2010

Kale is not such a big thing here, but I love chard and spinach - soups like Anna Thomas's Green soup that you posted some time ago are nice ways to use up greens.
I agree with Emm too - being the recipient of lovely vegie boxes is not a bad problem to have!

 

Judy
November 5, 2010

Again, a WINNER! Had a bunch of kale (can't sell it raw -- my fave salad--to anyone in my house), and this was the PERFECT vehicle. SO GOOD. Little man devoured two servings over orchiette w/shaved parmesan. Gorgeous color, too!

 

edie Shaw-Ewald
November 5, 2010

This is a great recipe to make at my clients' homes - to teach them another way to use powerful greens! thanks!

 

franny
November 5, 2010

This looks delicious Heidi. Kale is one of my favorite veggies and I love it raw almost better than cooked. Most mornings I throw a big handful or two of kale in a blender with water, blueberries, a banana, a little yogurt and a touch of cinnamon and syrup. It is delicious and nutritious. Two of the three little ones in the house devour it and always ask for seconds! I love your website and have made so many of your recipes and recommend it to everyone looking for a good recipe!

 

Amber
November 5, 2010

Massaged Kale and Currant Salad from Cynthia Lair's Feeding the Whole Family is a fun recipe, lasts for days, improves with age, and is a great conversation piece at potlucks. ("Did you really have to massage it?")

 

Jenna
November 5, 2010

This pasta looks delicious! I love pesto, but it's often hard to find a good vegan recipe. Do you think it would still be good without the feta? I like the idea of using kale though -- I always have some in the fridge come winter.

 

anon
November 5, 2010

Hi Heidi,

We eat greens in India in Dozens of different ways - every family has its own take on classical recipes( like the one below) and every state and region has at least 5 ways to cook the same greens, based on locally available ingredients! and the recipes again change based on season.... so, i have eaten at least 2 dozen spinach ways in India, depending on the state and season! :)
Here's a really yummy south Indian recipe for Spinach - it is called "spinach Kootu!" nourishing, filling yet extremely light.
i bunch spinach, cut into fine pieces
1/2 Cup Toor Split Dal ( Also called pigeon pea in English, availabe very easily in Indian Grocery stores)
1/2 tsp of cumin seeds
1/4 / 1/2 green chilly ( you can add even add a whole one, depending on the amount of heat you can take or the spice levels of chilly)
1/2 black peppercorns
1/2 cup loosely packed frozen / dessicated coconut ( fresher the coconut, yummier the recipe)
1-2 tbsp coconut milk ( optional, this is just to make it creamy, in india, we tend to use fresh coconut, which is extremely creamy)
salt 1 tsp ( go easy on this and add as you taste spinach can go from bland to excessively salty in moments)
1/2 tsp of Turmeric
curry leaves, mustard seeds and urad dal for tempering ( again optional, but it gives a yummy flavour to the final prepared dish)

rinse and soak tur dal in water for about an hour or two ( longer the soking time, quicker the cooking) and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles. In case you dont own a pressure cooker, just cook it on a crock pot / deep dish with 4-5 times the amount of water, till ti melts down into a nice creamy consistency. Add the turmeric when along with the water while you set it on the stove.
boil spinach in about 1 cup of water till it is well cooked but looks bright green!

Grind together the chilly, coconut, cumin and pepper in the mixer to a semi-fine paste.
When the dal is fully cooked and creamy, add the spinach, the ground coconut mixture, salt to taste( adjust salt as required) and cook till it starts boiling. as it boils, heat a bit of oil ( coconut oil works wonderfully well and gives a leg up of flavour), add mustard seeds, when it splutters add the urad dal, switch off the stove, wait till it turns pale brown, add cury leaves and just dump the seasoning in the pan of boiling greens, as a fginal garnish, add the coconut milk and immediately get the greens off the stove. Never boil after adding coconut milk.
Serve with white / brown rice, some crunchy papad or potato chips!
start to finish, the dish takes less than 30 minutes ( excluding the soaking of the dal, which again is optional if u have a pressure cooker)
the rice can be cooked along with the dal, if u have a pressure cooker! it has 6 must have ingredients and 5 optional ones only!
at home, if greens are available and unexpected guests turn up( which happens like twice a week!), this dish is a crowd pleaser!
In india, if guests turn up close to lunch time ( and 10.30 am is close to lunch time, according to mu mom) they are never permitted to leave before having lunch with the family!

Hope you cook this and do tell me how you like it! :)
and if u do want a myriad other ways to cook greens which take less than 40 minutes, keep well and yet taste like you have spent half the day in the kitchen ( i dont know about kale, but spinach and chard definitely, we can write to each other 1:1) as a bonus, most of the recipes are vegan too! :)

Bon Apetit!

 

Merry
November 6, 2010

You're making me miss the UK :( I've never seen kale in Saudi Arabia. We can get spinach and beetroot greens, and fennel greens too. But in my mind, nothing beats the crunch of kale and that deep green colour.

 

Kathryn
November 6, 2010

Our CSA had a great collection of greens recipes on the website at one point, I can't seem to find it now. My favorite was a very quick african greens which used one bunch of greens.
I think it starts with the usual, oil, onion, garlic, add cumin, coriander, crushed pepper, cook...add chopped tomatoes, fresh or canned, and two tbsp peanut butter, Add your chopped greens, cook covered, finish with some lemon, salt to taste. (may need to add a tbsp of water if seeming too dry)
Wish I could find that link, but this is the basics of it, follow your intuition and it is a nice, saucey, dish. Serve with grain of choice

 

Silvia
November 6, 2010

A basic saag paneer can handle a whole lot of different types of greens. Chard paneer, Kale paneer, beet green paneer is quite nice too.

 

Heidi
November 6, 2010

Sheeesh. You guys are better at this than I am! So many great suggestion - smoothies, flatbreads, soups.... Keep them coming! -h

 

amanda@seegirlcook
November 6, 2010

kale is a staple in my kitchen, mostly used for sautéing and in salads though. this looks absolutely incredible...cannot wait to try it out!

 

Anne
November 6, 2010

I hardly use kale for sauces, but will try from now on.

 

Alix
November 6, 2010

another vote for kale chips!
Heidi, it sounds like you got an Eatwell this week; in 3 years of subscribing, I don't think I've ever had as many greens as came in this week's box!

 

Marie
November 6, 2010

Ribolita! Our favorite way to use up kale!

Or I saute it in olive oil with onions, garlic, pepper flakes and a hefty splash of balsamic vinegar and serve it over pasta, couscous or farro.

 

Heike
November 6, 2010

Unfortunately I don't have as wonderfully forgetful friends as you and hardly ever fresh stuff lying around except for my eleventy seventh basil crop this year :) I have been hankering for some pesto and also had some frozen spinach calling my name and along comes your recipe.
I made a big batch of pesto and kept about 2 tblsp. in the food processor, then added the spinach, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, goat cheese and processed that while the pasta was boiling. Then added some lemon juice and pasta water. I cubed up a nice slice of tomato basil bread and made some croutons.
I am in the middle of eating bowtie pasta with the green goodness, parmesan cheese and croutons.
I think I might need a nap here in a few.
Thanks Heidi :)

 

Steve
November 6, 2010

I always appreciate your quantities of an ingredient being listed by weight, it's hard to estimate two small bunches when I'm picking Kale from the garden! Thank you.

 

Amy1
November 6, 2010

African Pineapple Peanut Stew from Moosewood Cooks at Home. Basically saute onion and garlic until lightly browned, add one 20 oz can crushed pineapple and 1 or 2more bunch kale, simmer 5 minutes covered. Add 1/2c cup peanut butter, 1 T Tabasco and 1/2 cup chopped cilantro. I eat it over couscous. SO GOOD. People at work always ask what smells so good when I bring it in.

Also love the Green Soup with Ginger recipe you've posted.

 

ollie.oranges
November 6, 2010

don't neglect freezing hardy greens. wash well, spin VERY dry. shred into ribbons or cut into useable sized pieces, then into a good freezer bag; squeeze out extra air.
use directly from the freezer into soups/ stews, casseroles, stir fry, or over roasted.
in new england, putting up 'extras' for january and february is VITAL!! there is no such thing as too much in a CSA. :)

HS: I have to admit, I has never occurred to me to freeze greens. I'm totally intrigued! Thanks for the great tip Ollie.

 

Katie
November 6, 2010

I was just thinking how I really, really want some comforting pasta for dinner, but I also really really need to use up my kale and get my immune system back to normal.... the perfect solution! I'm making this right now.

 

Steph
November 6, 2010

I never had kale before, but I was so intrigued by this recipe. I made it for dinner tonight (using Parmesan cheese) and it was just fantastic. So simple and so tasty. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks, Heidi!

 

Kelly
November 6, 2010

I chop up leftover greens and add them to the Okonomiyaki recipe from your recipe - yum!

 

Kelly
November 6, 2010

Correction - the Okonomiyaki recipe from your *website :)

 

Laura
November 6, 2010

Perfect timing!. In Homer, Alaska today we are getting a foot (at least) of snow and my deck garden still has dinosaur and Russian red kale growing in containers. Saw your kale pasta recipe and decided it was ideal for dinner. I tend to eat mostly vegan, my husband is not vegan, but is gluten-free. So I will make the basic kale sauce for both of us, cook whole wheat pasta for me, rice pasta for him, sprinke tosted nuts on my pasta, and he'll sprinkle parmesan on his. A wonderful dinner for us both on a snowy evening. THANKS!

 

Sabrina Modelle
November 6, 2010

I love this post because my husband actually talked me into canceling our CSA after years and years of being members. He just couldn't handle another winter of so many green potages, greens with sausage and goat cheese, tarts with sauteed greens. You know the drill.
This sauce is really lovely and I'm always looking for a way to sneak more bitter greens into my husband's diet. I'll definitely try this one.
X
Sabrina
PS so lovely to finally meet you last night.

 

molly
November 6, 2010

We just picked up our own CSA box today, and it included no fewer than four (!) separate huge batches of greens (turnip, kale, arugula, and more kale).

I couldn't be happier.

Some will land in a Portugese potato and kale soup, which should warm up one of our sub-zero nights.

More will end up braised with lots of garlic and olive oil, then warmed with chickpeas and a good hit of aleppo. All the aforementioned will be tossed with hot pasta, plus a little of its cooking water and plenty of pecorino. Mmmm...

 

Jamie
November 6, 2010

I made this for dinner last night, so yummy. The leftovers were even better.
And my 2 year old daughter loved it too. Thanks so much.

 

Nanny Goat
November 6, 2010

Thank you, everyone! I took a whole page of notes from your comments for my recipe binder entitled "Kale" :). Heidi, thank you for doing what you do so eloquently.

 

Nourished Living
November 7, 2010

What a wonderful way to eat all of these glorious greens!! And so easy to prepare too!

 

Bea
November 7, 2010

Have you tried Zuni Cafe's boiled kale? SO delicious, and great on cold nights.

 

tiina { sparkling ink }
November 7, 2010

Just made this with Pecorino cheese. Loved the strong kale flavor and the simplicity of the recipe!

 

I like to look at certain recipes to see how ingredients are combined - and maybe I can use a similar combination of elements in a totally different dish. In this one it's the idea of kale, goat cheese and lemon. Very piquant and might be the start of a nice holiday ball with pine nuts and roasted garlic. It's a start! *smile*

 

Liz
November 7, 2010

Looks great! I love goat cheese with dark greens.

 

Sarah
November 7, 2010

i just made this as well and also used pecorino, as well as the goat cheese. i added a splash of red wine vinegar instead of lemon. delish!

 

Anita
November 7, 2010

A favorite recipe for a large bunch of chard, adapted from Madhur Jaffrey: saute chopped onion in 3 T. of butter, add in frozen baby lima beans, chopped chard and 1/4-1/2 c. chopped fresh dill and 1/4 c. water and cook until everything is tender, about 15-20 min. It sounds a little odd, but it's delicious! We eat it over brown rice.

 

This winter pasta recipe is a dream! My parent's vegetable garden is overflowing with spinach & kale (i'm v jealous!!), so i will definitely be making this. Just beautiful, thank you.
Heidi xo

 

Sarah@naturaldiabetic
November 7, 2010

I would never think to use the kale in a pasta sauce. We love when we get kale in our CSA box - kale chips! But we'll definitely try this recipe - thanks for a great idea!

 

Kathleen
November 7, 2010

Just a comment on freezing kale. I've frozen kale that was cut into ribbons as Ollie does above. It's a great solution if you have more fresh kale than you can use. In my experience, I've found that it becomes a little leathery when frozen. I ended up chopping the frozen kale finer in order to add it to recipes. Then you get the taste and goodness and you don't notice the texture.

Another fantastic recipe for kale for non-vegetarians (we cook both ways in our house) is from Deborah Krasner's The Flavors of Olive Oil cookbook: 'Whole wheat gobbetti with red pepper, poultry sausage with sun-dried tomatoes and kale'. (Red bell pepper, sun-dried tomato poultry sausage, olive oil, garlic, red onion, kale, whole wheat gobbetti pasta, potato and parmesan.)

 

Betty Kowall
November 7, 2010

Heidi,
This is a terrific sounding recipe that I will definitely try. Have you seen the latest cookbook from Andrea Chesman? I just reviewed it up here in Canada and would highly recommend it to anyone. It has 30 recipes in it which use kale. She also introduced me to a vegetable I'd never heard of before--salsify. The book is titled Recipes from the Root Cellar.

HS: Hi Betty, It is top of my list of cookbooks to buy. Andrea actually copy-edited Super Natural Every Day - thank you Andrea! She is one of my grammar guardian angels. Definitely looking forward to spending time with her book this winter - 30 recipes w/ kale? Excellent.

 

Olga
November 7, 2010

Using up cooking greens is never an issue for me (using up five giant bags of lettuce that I got this week is daunting, on the other hand). Both, my husband and I love kale, but I feel that it needs to be blanched for about 3 minutes before it is sauteed or added to pasta -- at least the kale that I have encountered in my CSA box is way too leathery to just saute w/out blanching (or, maybe I should have just left it to saute longer than I did?) Anyway, my #1 use of kale is your harissa spaghettini recipe -- I think it's my favorite pasta of all times, and it tastes good as leftovers as well. If I am interested in a side dish, rather than a one-pot meal, I often omit the pasta in this recipe altogether and just increase the amount of kale. I use jar Moulin Mahjoub Organic Traditional Harissa Spread and put about 2 heaping tea spoons per recipe of the pasta, as it might be spicier than the harissa that's in the original recipe.

 

Jessica @ bake me away!
November 7, 2010

There's a similar recipe in Moosewood Cooks at Home that I've made which uses ricotta instead of goat cheese. Really yummy! Just bought some kale today...

 

Beth
November 7, 2010

Heidi, I was wondering...is there a particular pasta brand that you prefer?

HS: Hi Beth, truth be told, I bounce around a lot. I buy some fresh at the Farmers market on occasion, I also like Eduardo's Pasta - a local SF company. Amazing texture. I do wish they offered a few organic options though.

 

Mads
November 7, 2010

I've never heard of CSA before. Seems pretty pricey though. Worth it??

 

Lee
November 8, 2010

Excellent site! Thanks for this recipe ... I recently started doing variations on "getting a great amount of your greens" by way of creating sauces (and freezing them). I love homemade treat of pasta with spinach and feta! I also recently made a simple spelt bread loaf which I'm committed to taking from 'edible' to 'enjoyable' ... really enjoy your layout and recipes. Very inspiring, thanks.

 

Goat cheese always makes me happy. I love the creamy, tangy flavor of goat cheese, but I also love a salty, crumbled feta.

 

Mmm mmm mmm. I wonder if there's a brand of whole wheat pasta that is preferred? I've been buying the store brand and it's good, but any recommendations are welcome.

 

Michelle in Oregon
November 8, 2010

Chard pesto is a personal favorite. I make a huge batch and freeze it in ice cube trays, so I can easily use as much as I need later.

While I have several kale salads I like, my go-to kale action is to saute it with oil and balsamic vinegar. I eat it this way with poached eggs on top, in pasta salads, in quesadillas, or just as is. I never tire of it.

My favorite use for beet greens is in a quiche with feta and cheddar. It beats any other green in this venue for flavor.

 

Amy @ People's Gourmet
November 8, 2010

I like to make "chips" with greens. I've tried using kale and collards so far, but I have some bok choy from my CSA box I will either make into chips or use in a miso soup. Making chips is an easy way to use a lot of greens quickly because you can eat them as a snack. I've eaten a bunch of kale in one day in the form of chips. Yum!

 

Nicole W
November 8, 2010

Chard is delicious chopped and sautéed with other veggies then used as a layer in lasagna. Arugula works OK too, but it makes the dish bitter rather than sweet.

Since we're in CA and it was 95 degrees last week, we're still making smoothies here. That's the best way, I think, to use up a big handful of spinach. Just blend it with the liquid first until very fine, and you're set!

 

heather @ chiknpastry
November 8, 2010

it seems to me that the best thing to do is make pesto! I don't have the luxury (or the stress, depending on how you look at it) to get more than my own CSA share, so i usually go through all of it without having to make the "use up" recipes.

my problem is with the veggies i hate (brussels sprouts don't taste good to me no matter how much bacon or cheese get added), and i have to put them on someone else ;).

 

Annie-Savor This Moment
November 8, 2010

We don't subscribe to a CSA, but we eat lots of greens, too. Adding any kind of green, chopped, into a big pot of minestrone is a favorite of ours in the wintertime. The kids also love "Dad's world-famous spinach" which is just spinach sauteed with red onion or garlic (or both!) in olive oil with salt and pepper. Simple but satisfying,, and we've done that with kale, collard greens, chard and chicory (from the garden) too.

Can't wait to try this take on pasta. I'll have to substitute the cheese, though, since the kids and hubby aren't big fans of goat cheese.

 

BrooklynGirl
November 8, 2010

We made this on Sat. It was delicious! My 5 yr old twins loved it.

 

What Happens After Five
November 8, 2010

Love this recipe! Looking forward to making it VERY soon!!

 

Eily
November 8, 2010

I second the endorsement of Molly's boiled kale. Sounds awful. Is amazing!

 

Laura
November 8, 2010

I used a little less garlic, no shallots (didn't have them) and subbed spinach for kale. It was a gorgeous green and so tasty. I couldn't get enough of the green so I added steamed broccoli and tossed with angel hair. Yum. Also a good way to get others to eat their greens!

HS: LOVE this idea Laura. Maybe with a few toasted walnuts? I'm all over this.

 


I like CSAs, although I would love to get leftover CSAs but it has not happened just because not many I know are in to CSA.

I love this winter pasta recipe with Kale, it looks so yummy!

 

Talia
November 8, 2010

Thank you for this new way to use greens!

I did it with beet greens and it turned the pasta a delightful pink, while the "pesto" stayed green. How fun!

 

Z
November 8, 2010

made this tonight and it was a hit with my family! i threw in the leaves off of a few springs of fresh oregano and a 1/2 cup of cooked butternut squash into the food pros. with everything else! delish!

 

ooo - yum love pesto mixed through pasta. Goats cheese would give that delicious tang too!

 

Melissa
November 8, 2010

This recipe looks great! 2 things: Mrs. Debbie's green bags REALLY help extend the life of my fresh produce. They are totally worth the $10. I love to saute my greens with a little sesame oil or bacon fat, and lacto-fermented jot peppers. Top with soft-boiled eggs, sea salt, and fresh-cracked pepper.

 

gina
November 8, 2010

I roast a sweet potato and saute the kale or greens with garlic and chili flake. The sweet of the sweet potato and the bitter of the greens are great together. Plus, it is an antioxident punch for dreary winter days.

 

Dana Dolan
November 9, 2010

When faced with a mountain of extra greens, I make Moosewood's Greens and Sun dried Tomato strudel recipe (epicurious) or a variant thereof. Wrapped tightly and stored in the freezer it makes a great "instant" lunch entree or dinner appetizer.

 

Beautiful. Love the idea of working with what you have. Almost like a kale pesto...

 

Nicole W
November 9, 2010

Ok, we got to try this last night, it was delicious! I used half a white/sweet onion instead of shallots, and my blender couldn't quite chop the kale so tiny, but it was really good!

 

Sues
November 9, 2010

This recipe actually has me totally looking forward to winter! I'm just imagining myself snuggled on the couch with a big bowl of this and a glass of red wine (in sweatpants obvi!). Yay!

 

Missamay
November 9, 2010

I just made this recipe and it is delicious! I did make one substitution - leeks in place of shallots. This was only b/c I needed to use the leeks before they went bad.

 

Erica Newhouse
November 10, 2010

I have been eating a lot of greens with garlic or shallots lately, steamed or sauteed, and I've been getting a little tired of it, this recipe is just what I've been looking for! Thank you!

 

Anne Marie
November 10, 2010

While a lot of our CSA greens end up in soups and pasta dishes, I also like to stir fry them with Asian flavors to serve with rice or noodles. I find that mustard greens have a particular affinity for peanuts, and go well in brothy concotions with other mild or spicy greens.

 

Shupes
November 10, 2010

Looks absolutely delicious. Thinking of conjuring this up for an addition to my Thanksgiving banquet.

 

DYap
November 10, 2010

I'll try this tonight. Thank you!

 

Tina
November 10, 2010

Sounds delicious and I love the way you make healthy eating gooooood! You should enter some recipes in the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge:

"Let's Move!, in association with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is challenging school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, parents and interested community members to create tasty, healthy, exciting new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus across the country."

Lord knows our school lunch programs could use more recipes like yours!

 

Stephanie
November 10, 2010

This probably isn't new news to anyone who follows your site, but my household absolutely loves the Palak Daal you posted this past January. We substitute in any and all combinations of greens that come in our CSA box in lieu of the spinach the recipe calls for. It's always fantastic!

 

tanya
November 11, 2010

Thanks to you and your wonderful blog, I LOVE kale. My family ( husband and two pre-teen daughters) were very hesitant to jump on the kale band wagon, but thanks to Ribolita and this recipe, they are slowly converting. Love, love, love it! Thanks!

HS: Love getting notes like this!

 

Becca
November 11, 2010

Heidi,

I think I've been following your blog for about 2 years now and I just wanted to THANK YOU!! I have not been disappointed by a single recipe! I bought Super Natural Cooking and have sent a copy to many many people for gifts. So happy to have you as a cooking resource!

I tried this pasta last night and I'm SO impressed by it. Easy. Delicious. Something I'll DEFINITELY do again. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

HS: Thanks Becca, and I'm glad you enjoyed the pasta too.

 

pb
November 11, 2010

Gr8 way to use up greens, Heidi!! I am always enthusiastic about buying them, but cleaning etc. is a chore and I always end up throwing some away 'coz I dont get to them in time.

I love cooking rice in pureed spinach, kind of similar to the 'sauce' you have here. The rice cooks in this 'sauce' and takes on all the flavours!

 

Lara
November 12, 2010

Forgive me if someone else has already posted this, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this kale recipe. More importantly, my kids love it, too. It looks a little weird, but if you can get your kids to just try it once, they will gobble it up. It tastes like potato chips, I swear!

 

Kristina
November 12, 2010

This recipe is SOOO GOOD! I used kale, and watercress and spinach I had and it is ( I have to say again) so good! I did not have time to go buy goat cheese, so I used feta, which I really like.
Thank you for the recipe...

 

Beth Kenerson
November 13, 2010

Thank you Heidi - this recipe is absolutely delicious - particulary over a soba noodle, with garlic bread and or a seafood ravioli. I used Cypress Grove Chevre with lavender and Fennel Pollen from Arcata which made it all the better! Thanks again! Beth

 

Ana
November 14, 2010

Hi Heidi,

Thank you for this delicious recipe. I put it over some ricotta gnocchi, and it was absolutely delicious. Even more so when I had the leftovers cold from the fridge as a midnight snack.

 

Tanu
November 15, 2010

Hi,

This is a great recipe for pasta. I wanted to check, if Kale is not readily available, what other Leafy veggie can I substitute it with?

Thanks.

Lady from India.

 

Gelsomina
November 15, 2010

I found out a couple years ago I love kale. I live alone, and like to freeze things b/c I can't eat it all fast enough.

Do you suppose I can freeze this sauce, or will it change the texture?

Thank you,
Gelsomina

 

Anna-Maria
November 15, 2010

My absolute favorite way to use up hearty greens is in some version -- depending on what I have on hand -- of Alice Waters' polenta torta from The Art of Simple Food. The torta is a layered affair: slow-cooked polenta, tomato sauce, grated cheese, sauteed greens. Repeat. Finish with a final layer of polenta and pop into the oven until golden brown and bubbling.

 

Michele
November 15, 2010

I drink green smoothies nearly every day. When I have kale I usually throw some in my smoothie with my spinach and fruit. Yummy! It's great for your digestion.

@ Gelsomina- you should be able to freeze the sauce without any problem. Pestos keep
really well in the fridge or freezer.

 

Christine
November 15, 2010

Made this tonight. I love lemon juice, so I gave the sauce a couple of good squeezes even without tasting first. This is really good. Kale is so good for you, I'm always looking for a tasty way to use it. Great recipe.

 

laura trevey
November 16, 2010

This looks hearty and delicious!

 

Julia
November 16, 2010

Holy crap, I am now just visiting your website today, and lo and behold, I just made this very dish on Sunday for my work lunch! It's so delicious. I did a few things differently: I only blanched the kale, and did so for about ten minutes. It was still quite firm, though. Then I didn't have any shallots, so I just used the garlic, sea salt, olive oil and a generous squeeze of lemon juice. Oh yes, and ground toasted walnuts. I also added a dash of white pepper along with the black. But what took the sauce to another level were the cheeses. I used an aged goat cheese similar in texture to Parmigiano, and I also had a leftover chunk of Landaff. It really made the dish come together. I would absolutely make this again with a different green to explore the different textures.

 

Schmitty
November 16, 2010

I made this tonight with spicy smoky goat cheese, 2 tbsp white miso paste, and siracha. Be sure to drain the kale very well, I wasn't careful and my sauce was a little watery. Paired with quinoa pasta. It was very good.
It's a similar recipe to one I make all the time with broccoli and Parmesan cheese.

 

Anna Minnis
November 22, 2010

Just made this as a not-so-winter pasta! Used tortellini and roasted tomatoes, added the sauce, then chilled for a pasta salad. AMAZING! Great dish!

 

missy
November 23, 2010

Could I substitute chard for kale? I have loads of chard I've been trying to use up.

HS: Hi Missy, yes, you can absolutely substitute chard if you like.

 

Rose
November 24, 2010

Mmm! I'm making this tonight - I grow my own Tuscan Kale and have it in abundance at the moment. I like to make a hearty tomato garlic base soup with plenty of different beans and good handfuls of the kale. Lemon juice, olive oil and parmesan is added at the table and crusty Italian bread to dip - yum.

 

Shagun
November 26, 2010

Hey,

This is a wonderful site and I specially loved the Winter Pasta receipe... I am planning to make it for dinner tonight.

I have a little problem, I live in India and you dont get Kale here in this form.It is grown here very differently... Can you tell me if these is substitute for it?.Also this would be my first attempt in my new kitchen :) Thanks

HS: Shagun, try substituting another hearty green you like. Or spinach.

 

kate mcgill
November 27, 2010

Made this tonight exactly how you suggested and my husband and I really enjoyed it. It was perfect with a side of chicken and pine nuts. I needed to use up some leftover kale and it was nice to use it in something that tastes so flavorful. I will make it again most definitely. THANK YOU!!

 

JayBird
November 28, 2010

Hey Heidi,

Made this tonight. I used an onion I had around instead of shallots though. It was great! Loved the flavor and texture. Served it on quinoa pasta and it was awesome. Thanks!

 

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December 1, 2010

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DebS
December 2, 2010

I make this African inspired kale dish, Masamba, I got from a community recipe contest:
http://debslunch.blogspot.com/2007/01/recovering-from-holidays.html

 

Shoked
December 5, 2010

Пасибо за материалы! :)
Respect www.101cookbooks.com

 

Susan
December 6, 2010

This was great! Next time I am going to add toasted walnuts to the food processor. I also wonder about adding white beans instead of the cheese for a vegan version. Just a thought.

LOVE all the recipes I find here!

 

Sarah
December 10, 2010

I added toasted walnuts and subbed in raw cashew, lemon, salt, and ground pepper for the goat cheese, to make this vegan. It was so creamy, cheesy, savory...amazing!

 

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December 15, 2010

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Jill
December 16, 2010

My kind of recipe...easy and quick!

 

Pete
December 16, 2010

This is a fantastic recipe. I am going to be trying it with some homegrown arugula next. The spice of the arugula should be interesting.

 

kap
December 18, 2010

wow! this has quickly become a favorite recipe, and one that opens the door to lots of variations. working now to prepare a few batches with kale from our last csa box to freeze for a cold night.

 

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Diana
December 21, 2010

Found your website a few days ago... LOVE IT!

Just made this... yum! I didn't have shallots so I improvised but next time I will try to use the real deal. I'll also add something else (not sure what yet) to make it more of a meal... Super easy, super healthy dish... and quick too! Thanks!

 

Erin from WHERE
December 21, 2010

Hi Heidi,

So glad you gave us this recipe. I have a ton of spinach sitting around and no idea what to do with it. I'll be making this dish tonight!

I also love that you can search by ingredient on your site.

Thanks!