Corn and Kale Pasta

I went to my first farmer’s market the other day! I got a little excited and bought a little more produce than I expected to… I ended up getting swiss chard and kale, neither of which I had tried before. As well as corn, red new potatoes, green onions, and cucumbers… I think I’m set for a while 🙂

Anywho, I was trying to figure out what to do with all I had purchased. I ended up typing the words corn and kale into Google, and low and behold, a recipe for corn and kale pasta came up from the Food Network! With a few changes and simplifications, I present to you my recipe for corn and kale pasta. The sweetness of the corn and the slight tang from the kale complement each other nicely. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, I urge you to try this tasty, satisfying dish!

Corn and Kale Pasta

Corn and Kale Pasta

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 12 oz. whole grain rotini pasta
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1 bunch kale leaves, stems removed and cut into strips*
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. butter, cut into cubes
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Cut the corn kernels off the cob and place in a bowl.
  2. Put the cobs in a large pot and fill with water (add salt if desired). When the water boils, add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
  3. Before draining the pasta, discard the cobs and reserve about 1 cup of the liquid (this will be used later).
  4. Heat one tablespoon of oil in the same pot. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and sauté for about a minute.
  5. Add the kale, and cover the pot for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until wilted.
  6. Next add the corn kernels, green onions, and butter, and stir until heated through.
  7. Lastly add the pasta and about half of the reserved liquid, adding more if necessary.

*If you’ve never done this, here is a great link for the how to (even though the instructions are for swiss chard, it also works for kale): http://www.cookinglight.com/cooking-101/techniques/how-to-prepare-swiss-chard

**The recipe that inspired this dish was found at the following link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pasta-with-corn-and-kale.html

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