Wednesday, December 15, 2010

WDW - "Farm Box" Pasta


I've found that using pasta as a base is a great way to incorporate random farm box veggies into a dish. This week, I found myself with leeks and kale, and leftover rigatoni in the fridge. I googled "rigatoni" "kale" and "leeks" and found a fabulous recipe! I had a thawed chicken breast hanging around so I added that to the dish, too. If you add the chicken, just dice it and saute it first in a little olive oil, and then add it back in at the end when you toss the pasta. I substituted one large leek for the shallots in the recipe. In the end, I added about 1/2 cup chicken broth to make the sauce more fluid. Note: To revive leftover cooked pasta, place pasta in a bowl, and cover in boiling water. Let sit 1-2 minutes and then drain. My family really enjoyed this pasta dish...I hope you enjoy it too! Be creative and substitute whatever veggies you have laying around.

"Farm Box" Pasta with Goat Cheese sauce

olive oil
1 chicken breast, optional
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, oil packed, drained and cut into julienne strips
1/4 cup shallots, minced - or 1 leek, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups kale, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 ounces pasta (rigatoni, shells, etc.), cooked
1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup chicken broth, optional

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and saute one minute (or if using leeks, saute leeks until soft - about 5 minutes, then add garlic and saute until garlic is slightly cooked). Add kale; saute 3 minutes or until wilted. Add sun dried tomatoes, saute 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

Reduce heat; simmer 3 minutes or until kale is tender. (Depending on the point in the season that you are cooking this it could take quite a bit longer than 3 minutes to get the kale nice and tender.)

Add the pasta (and chicken, if using), and goat cheese to the skillet, turn off heat and toss well until goat cheese melts. Add chicken broth to moisten, if desired. Serve immediately.

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