Creamy Kale Pasta with Fried Rosemary & Walnuts
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Creamy Kale Pasta

with Fried Rosemary & Walnuts

25 MIN
+$3.95/serving 2 Servings
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    For exciting contrast to this silky pasta dish, we’re garnishing each bowl with rosemary and walnuts—pan-fried to develop delightfully crispy texture and enhance their rich, aromatic flavors.
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    Creamy Kale Pasta with Fried Rosemary & Walnuts
    Title
    • 3 oz Diced Pancetta
    • 6 oz Mafalda Pasta
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 6 oz Kale
    • 1 bunch Rosemary
    • 1 Shallot
    • 1 oz Salted Butter
    • ¼ cup Roasted Walnuts
    • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
    • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
    • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
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    tips & techniques
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Pick the rosemary leaves off the stems. Roughly chop the walnuts. Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves.

    Cook the pasta
    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.

    Fry the pancetta, rosemary & walnuts
    3 Fry the pancetta, rosemary & walnuts

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pancetta. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the rosemary leaves and chopped walnuts. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the rosemary is crispy and the pancetta is cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the kale
    4 Cook the kale

    In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced shallot and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add the chopped kale and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is slightly wilted. Add the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and 1/4 cup of water. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the liquid has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pan of cooked kale, add the cooked pasta, butter, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat and stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the fried pancettarosemary, and walnuts and parmesan. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Pick the rosemary leaves off the stems. Roughly chop the walnuts. Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves.

    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly.

    Cook the pasta
    Fry the pancetta, rosemary & walnuts
    3 Fry the pancetta, rosemary & walnuts

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pancetta. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the rosemary leaves and chopped walnuts. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the rosemary is crispy and the pancetta is cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the kale

    In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced shallot and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and slightly softened. Add the chopped kale and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is slightly wilted. Add the vinegar (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and 1/4 cup of water. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the liquid has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

    Cook the kale
    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

    To the pan of cooked kale, add the cooked pasta, butter, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat and stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the fried pancettarosemary, and walnuts and parmesan. Enjoy!

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