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
- 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
- Cut the corn kernels off the cob and place in a bowl.
- 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.
- Before draining the pasta, discard the cobs and reserve about 1 cup of the liquid (this will be used later).
- Heat one tablespoon of oil in the same pot. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and sauté for about a minute.
- Add the kale, and cover the pot for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until wilted.
- Next add the corn kernels, green onions, and butter, and stir until heated through.
- 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