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A Welcome Success – Penne with Greens

After my epic fail of a dinner on Sunday night (vegetable soup), I was ready to redeem myself with Monday’s dinner.

This is a really simple recipe with a great end product. It’s vegetarian, since we added some cheese, but can easily be modified to be vegan (no cheese) or even sounds good to me as neither with a little spicy sausage crumbles or bacon.

Penne with Greens

about 2 servings

Ingredients
4 ounces dried penne pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
Greens of your choosing – I used two bunches of kale and three baby bok choy.

Optional seasonings: red pepper flakes, garlic… whatever you’d like. Personally, red pepper flakes are not optional.
Optional topping: freshly grated parmesan

1.) Cook pasta. While waiting for water to boil, wash/chop greens and let dry a bit.
2.) Don’t start to cook the greens until you have put the penne in the boiling water.
3.) If using fresh garlic, saute garlic in one tablespoon of olive oil until fragrant and then add in your greens.
4.) Stir fry greens in the olive oil and add a little bit of water. Once cooked to just before your liking, add in the other tablespoon of olive oil, red pepper flakes, and other dry seasonings. Stir fry until done.
5.) Serve over pasta with grated cheese, if desired.

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  1. February 8, 2011 at 15:16

    that looks so yummy! I love greens and can’t wait until spring when they are more readily available.

    • shortystylee
      February 8, 2011 at 15:33

      Thank you!
      We’re lucky to have a farm locally that does a winter CSA of almost all greens! I’m not a CSA member but they also sell at our local food co-op. It’s amazing what you can do with a hoop-house 🙂

  2. slowsimpleconscious
    February 9, 2011 at 10:56

    very easy, shall definitely try this next week. thanks!

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