Linguine with Kale and Tomatoes

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I really want to act out the famous scene in Lady and the Tramp with this pasta right now.

Except I don’t want to share, so I’d look pretty dumb sucking up strands of linguine into my face with a look of “oh my! how did that happ–?!” with no one on the other side.

But let’s be honest here, we both know I’d totally act out that scene by myself. In the bathroom. At midnight.

This pasta has super powers. No, seriously. Did you know kale is like one of top anti-aging foods EVAR? Yeppers. And tomatoes are filled with some healthy agent that I can’t pronounce, so that’s a new year’s bonus for ya. After I finished this plate I looked in the mirror and I found a 17-year old staring right back at me!

OH I’M JUST JOSHING WITH YOU.

It was more like 17 and a half.

And I’m rethinking this whole Lady and the Tramp thing. I don’t want you guys to think I’m mental or something, so I’m going to go ahead and forego the act.

Instead I’ll pretend the pasta is a wig and the tomatoes are earrings and I’ll eat it all straight off my head!

PROBLEM SOLVED.

Linguine with Kale and Tomatoes:

I lied. THIS is the last time you’ll have to see my jank polish job.

Okay so I still want to act out Lady and the Tramp. UGH.

What it took for 2:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive, plus more for drizzling
* 1 bunch curly kale, cut into chunks
* 4 oz cherry tomatoes
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 1/2 pound linguine
* 1 lemon
* 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes; bloom 30 seconds. Add the kale and wilt, about a minute.

Toss in the cherry tomatoes and cook another minute or so. Season with salt and pepper.

In the meantime, cook the pasta until it reaches al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water.

Toss the pasta into the kale and tomatoes. Toss, toss to combine. Squeeze the lemon juice in, add the cheese and the reserved pasta water.

Plate her up and toss with more cheese and a good drizzle of olive oil. And more lemon? Heck. Freaking. Yes.

*Here’s a little Friday outtake to carry you through the….well, next 3 seconds.

AND I’m going to go self tan now.

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37 Responses to Linguine with Kale and Tomatoes

  1. Julie @ Table for Two January 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    haha, you make me laugh every morning, Bev. Love your personality :) love the anti-aging effects of this dish..I shall go make a vat of it now so I can have super anti aging powers as if I found the fountain of youth! Great pics and love the outtake ;)

  2. Kathryn January 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Love the outtake! I love dishes like this that are so easy to prepare but which are ridiculously tasty.

  3. Aggie January 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Do I sound crazy when I say that I’m totally in love with kale. And now that you tell me it’s ANTI AGING????? Girl, I’m going to go eat the whole bag I have in my fridge today.

    On a very serious note. This looks freaking amazing. So my kind of food. Love your photos. they make me very happy.

  4. Lori @ RecipeGirl January 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Freakin’ yum. I’m OBSESSED with Kale. You’ve had kale salad, right? To die for.

  5. Melissa // thefauxmartha January 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    1. I love everything with Kale these days! Will be making this. 2. I love that shot of kale. Love! 3. Happy New Year! I’m late to the game.

  6. Maria January 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Yep, going to make this! Yep, going to eat it ALL!

  7. Cookie and Kate January 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Hey Bev, do you think eating kale could prevent more of my hairs from going gray? Maybe I’ll go green trying.

    P.s. Looks delicious!

    • Bev Weidner January 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

      Maybe you should smear the kale all over your hair to at least MASK the gray? EH?

  8. Katie January 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Those last 3 seconds with your outtake where fabulous. Thanks for a great weekend kickoff. And for those steamy shots of kale…sexy.

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Mmm such a yummy idea!

  10. Cookbook Queen January 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Will you come cook dinner for me? I could never get it to look this great!!

  11. Julie January 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Bev you’re so funny, you make me laugh daily, I think I love you!!
    TGIF!!!

  12. Jenny Flake January 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    So pretty!! Bring on the Kale. I am a kale salad fanatic. I was just thinking how white my skin was too. Hate the pasty white winter skin, bring on the sunshine :) Happy tanning :)

  13. Kelly January 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    Gorgeous photos, this looks absolutely amazing! Your blog is absolutely beautiful and you have some incredible recipes on here, so glad I came across it! Consider me your newest follower! xoxo

    • Bev Weidner January 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

      So happy to meet you, Kelly! I discovered you a while back when you were featured on Taste and Tell. I was featured right after you. Small world!

  14. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    The photos are gorgeous, as always. So light and I can almost smell the kale steaming from here it’s so realistic. Jumps off the page!

  15. Heidi @ Food Doodles January 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Hah, love the outtake :P I love how simple this is, and colorful. I really need to try kale in something like this!

  16. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. January 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    i love everything about this!

  17. The Elegant Eggplant January 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    All of my faves in one pasta!!!!! Love it :)

  18. Cassie January 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    I have been obsessed with kale since this summer. LOVE this AND Lady and the Tramp.

  19. Deanna B. January 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Yum! And lets not forget that despite hazards to your breath, garlic is also incredibly good for you.

  20. Encore January 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    I thought booze was the magic elixir??? Oh wait, that has the exact opposite effect of kale. Do you think I can eat enough kale to counteract all these years of booze intake? I’ll try this dish to start the reversal process…

  21. Krissy @ Krissy's Creations January 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Kale is totally one of those super foods that I actually enjoy! This pasta looks simple, yet incredibly delicious. I’m thinking Linguine with Kale and Tomatoes for dinner tonight :)

  22. gaby January 7, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    yay for pasta with super powers!!! love it lady!

  23. Deborah January 7, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I’m thinking I need to go out and fill my fridge with kale. This looks amazing!

  24. Heather (Heather's Dish) January 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    can i just say that i’m just now learning to adore kale? it’s kind of a big deal…

  25. Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} January 8, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Oh my gosh. You are SO funny! I don’t know how you manage to have so much wit on a regular basis. Love the visual of the Lady and the Tramp scene – and how you resolve it. Good stuff. I LOVE reading your posts!

    • Bev Weidner January 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

      Well Sara, thank you so much! You’ve made my day. :)

  26. DessertForTwo January 9, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    I know everyone says this, but you are seriously hilarious! You crack me up when I’m sitting here alone with no one to point to and say ‘look at this! look at my friend Bev, she’s hilarious!’
    But as funny as you are, I’m probably gonna have to stop reading your blog until you get a manicure. just sayin’

    ;)

    • Bev Weidner January 9, 2012 at 1:56 am #

      I have new nails! Swear it! Keep reading. :)

      Muah!

  27. Koko @ Koko Likes January 9, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    YUM, looks amazing and easy to put together!

  28. Amy January 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Yumitty yum yum! Truth be told, I’m not much of a kale fan (or any cooked greens for that matter) but if it means I can look a few years younger, I’ll try.

  29. Tracey January 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    This is really good!

  30. Julia January 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    Ooo! I LOVE kale! Also, alhough spaghetti wigs are always fun, I think you should stick with Lady and the Tramp.

    P.S. your photos blow my mind and I am jealous :)

  31. Lisa the Kitten December 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Lurve this recipe! I might have to pull a Marlene Dietrich on the kale and remove ribs (as my Better Half isn’t too keen on those) though . . . thanks for the great blog!

  32. Liz April 9, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    holy frickin’ DElishious. just made this with a few minor variations (used Tuscan kale and steamed for a bit first, heirloom mini tomatoes, penne) and it’s a hit.

    luckily stumbled across your blog on a recent internet browsing binge – your recipes are great…and let’s be real, those babies are adorable!

    thanks!!

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