This simple pasta dinner is creamy and nourishing, packed with hearty cavolo nero (aka Tuscan kale, black kale). Easy to make and adaptable, a bowl of cavolo nero pasta may become your favorite way to eat your greens.
Today we’re adding an easy 20 minute dinner to our repertoire, one of those lovely pasta meals where the toppings can be prepared while the spaghetti boils.
A perfect meal for the winter time when I begrudgingly accept that cherry tomatoes aren’t in season anymore but whaddya know, cavolo nero is! An old forgotten favorite which I never use enough.
Seriously, how amazing is this stuff? Also known as Tuscan kale or black kale, it’s extra thick, extra textured and chewy.
Its long leaf shape is really easy to de-stem, much easier than its cousin curly kale, which makes it nice and simple to prep.
It’s fun to cook with because it’s less likely to wilt or go limp, and its texture allows it to grab onto sauces and garlic and cheese and all the good things.
And it’s fun to eat because it’s got more bite, and adds a lot of contrast to a dish like this one.
This is a really simple pasta dish that doesn’t have a lot of ingredients and comes together quickly on a weeknight.
You have creamy but light spaghetti packed with garlicky, lemony cavolo nero and a scattering of walnuts and olives. Perfect winter comfort food, while you’re safe in the knowledge that you’re eating your greens.
There is plenty of room for variation here, of course, the olives and walnuts are entirely optional and could be replaced with other tasty bits like capers, sundried tomatoes, or pine nuts. You could boost the amount of cream and/or cheese for something more decadent. Start with this recipe, and see where it takes you.