Hand-Cut Pappardelle with Calabrian Chile-Tomato Sauce & Kale

Hand-Cut Pappardelle

with Calabrian Chile-Tomato Sauce & Kale

25 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

In this pasta dish, we’re highlighting hearty kale and plump, juicy tomatoes—cooked with just a bit of Calabrian chile paste for a kick—tossed with fresh sheets of pasta cut to create pappardelle (a wide, flat variety that originated in Tuscany).

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    460 Cals (est.)
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Hand-Cut Pappardelle with Calabrian Chile-Tomato Sauce & Kale
Title
  • 6 Fresh Pasta Sheets (Previously Frozen)
  • 1 bunch Kale
  • 4 oz Grape Tomatoes
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1½ tsps Calabrian Chile Paste
  • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
  • 0.7 oz Grana Padano Cheese
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. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Halve the tomatoes. Stack the pasta sheets on a work surface. Cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces; carefully separate the layers. Grate the Grana Padano on the small side of a box grater. 

Cook the vegetables & make the sauce:
2 Cook the vegetables & make the sauce:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic and sliced shallot. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add the tomato paste and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add the halved tomatoes and 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. 

Cook the pasta:
3 Cook the pasta:

Meanwhile, add the prepared pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly. 

Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
4 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pan of cooked vegetables and sauce, add the cooked pasta and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring gently, 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. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the grated Grana Padano. Enjoy!

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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. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Peel and thinly slice the shallot. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Halve the tomatoes. Stack the pasta sheets on a work surface. Cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces; carefully separate the layers. Grate the Grana Padano on the small side of a box grater. 

2 Cook the vegetables & make the sauce:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped garlic and sliced shallot. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add the tomato paste and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add the halved tomatoes and 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. 

Cook the vegetables & make the sauce:
Cook the pasta:
3 Cook the pasta:

Meanwhile, add the prepared pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly. 

4 Finish the pasta & serve your dish:

To the pan of cooked vegetables and sauce, add the cooked pasta and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring gently, 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. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta garnished with the grated Grana Padano. Enjoy!

Finish the pasta & serve your dish:
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