Monday, December 20, 2010

Spicy Pasta with Kale and Tomato

Beautiful Kale
     A steady rain falls outside our window and thick clouds obliterate the San Gabriel Mountains. It’s not a day to venture out for Christmas errands, it is a day to stay home in our most comfortable clothes warm, dry and relaxed. After a brief trip to the grocery store we settled in catching up on our rest and our chores.
Perfect dinner to brighten a gray day

     On a gray day like this I wanted a meal that was full of holiday color to brighten our day and fill our stomachs. I think this pasta dish fits the bill. John likes a bit of spicy heat in his pasta but, the dish can easily be made milder with green pepper instead of Anaheim.
3/4 lb whole wheat penne pasta
Boil till al dente in salted water

Beautiful & Tasty

1 tbs olive oil
½ yellow onion
½ Anaheim pepper seeded and ribs removed (diced)
2 cloves garlic
2 diced tomatoes
1 small bunch of Kale cleaned trimmed and chopped
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
¼ tsp chili powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 pat butter
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (or your favorite)

In a large frying pan
Add oil then onion and pepper
Cook till almost translucent
Add kale tomato and let wilt
Add garlic last don’t let it brown
Add spices to taste
Add the cooked pasta and a bit of the pasta water
Recheck spices to taste.
Add ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Finish with a pat of butter

Total under $5.00
Ready to serve

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