pretty food – and tasty too!


Sometimes you make a dish that’s so pretty you don’t want to eat it.  And if you’re lucky, it tastes just as good as it looks.  I was lucky twice when I made this dish – beautiful and tasty.  And I had an excuse to use my new wok from Ikea. Love it!

RealSimple strikes again with another delicious recipe – I have yet to make anything bad from their site.

6 ounces spaghetti (whole-grain preferred)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
*brief interruption – has anyone else noticed the red onions are really strong this year?
2 cloves garlic, chopped
salt and pepper
1 bunch kale, thick stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces
2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
Parmesan, if desired

1. Cook the pasta and reserve ¼ cup of the cooking water.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
3. Add the kale and cook, tossing frequently, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, tossing frequently, until the tomatoes begin to soften, 1 to 2 minutes more.
4. Add the kale mixture, parmesan, and reserved cooking water to the pasta and toss to combine.

This pasta was so fresh and perfect for the beginning of spring. The crispness of the kale was a good accompaniment with the soft tomatoes and noodles.  I highly recommend trying this one.


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