When it comes to quick dinners, pasta is my ultimate go-to dish. The formula is simple – take a protein (or not), saute it, add some sort of vegetable, sauce it (or don’t), and toss it all together with some cooked pasta. There isn’t a recipe – it’s a method. Clean out your fridge, be creative!
This meal followed the formula exactly – I sauted chopped up bacon, then added about 2 cups of chopped kale and cooked until wilted, added 4 -5 cloves of minced garlic, then deglazed the pan with about a cup of pasta water. I added the juice of half a lemon, a couple pats of butter, some fresh ground pepper, then tossed in the cooked pasta. A generous sprinkle of grated Parmesan completed the dish – and it took about 30 minutes to throw together.
Despite the bacon and butter, this was a light, fresh, satisfying dish with bold flavors – the bitterness of the kale, the saltiness of the bacon, the sharp tang of lemon and garlic.