I adapted this from the Pioneer Woman’s recent Kale Pasta Salad post. Like hers, mine tastes good cold or warm, as a main meal or as a side; unlike hers, mine adds roasted tomatoes, almonds in place of pine nuts, and kale that cooks a bit longer so it’s not as rough on my tummy. I also use copious Pecorino instead of shaved Parmesan cheese, because I just love that salty flavor! If you like kale, this will be a great addition to your arsenal of recipes featuring the leafy green.
Bowties with Kale
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (PW uses more)
- olive oil for the pan
- 1 lb. bowtie (aka farfalle) pasta
- 3 tbsp almonds, chopped (optional)
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 can fire-roasted tomatoes (approx. 14 oz.)
- pecorino cheese, grated (I used a lot)
- to taste: salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar
Put on the pasta to boil. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat and crush both the nuts (if using) and the garlic cloves.
Cook nuts, adding garlic after a few minutes so it doesn’t burn, then add the kale ripped into small pieces and stir, cooking over medium heat until it wilts to the desired level.
Add can of roasted tomatoes to the pan, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring, until combined (just a few minutes). If desired, add a splash of balsamic to the pan for flavoring, and season with salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta quickly and add to the pan with the kale mixture, reserving a splash of the cooking water if it’s too dry. If it’s really too dry, you can always add a splash or two of almond (or regular) milk to the pan.
Top with tons of shredded cheese — I used pecorino, my favorite — and serve warm OR let cool and have later! This tastes good cold, as a main dish, or as a side. I think if I made it again, I’d add more garlic, but otherwise this came out just right.
I didn’t try giving this to Georgia because it contains nuts and is also just a bit too fiber-filled for her system, but I will when she’s older. Thanks to Georgia’s Nan for sharing all that yummy kale with us from her CSA!!
Baby Milestone Update
Because I know you’re wondering. We can now:
- Stand, and pull self up to standing
- Bend down to pick up a toy with one hand
- Hold mom’s hands and walk around house
- Cruise from coffee table to couch and back
- Point with both hands
- Pick things up pincer-style
- Feed self with hands (short list of acceptable foods)
- Crawl. Finally!
Things we refuse to do?
- Feed self with a spoon
- Put self back to sleep at 1 a.m. (this is a horrifying new problem)
- Soothe self while teething without intervention from mom, dad or Tylenol
- not scream in the grocery store
- behave properly around the cat’s tail
I think I’m just getting a taste of the toddler years. So far, it’s exhausting!
Did you like this recipe? Share it! And if you just love kale, check out my cheesy kale pasta bake, kale chips and satisfying kale salad with avocado-lemon dressing. I just love that last one because you simply tear up the kale, mash a whole avocado into it by hand, then coat with a couple of fresh-squeezed lemons. Creamy and delicious!