How embarrassing, a whole week without a recipe. Sorry guys. But there is a long weekend coming up, and I’d like to spend some of it cooking and blogging. Because, as a woman I work with said in a group email, “Don’t forget Monday is Family Day. Spending time with your loved ones. Young and Old. Tell them how much they mean to you and enjoy the day together.” And I like to think of my blog readers as my family, mainly because my only blog readers are family members. Haha. Ha.
But I do have a quick meal idea for today, complete with a super fancy instagram picture! So that makes up for it, right?
This sauteed kale pasta was a pinterest find, but I think the original recipe was even simpler. I add a few extras, but they’re all things I always have laying around. Like for some reason I always have a couple lemons in the fridge. And ever since I discovered how good crushed red pepper is in oh, everything, I add it to all my pasta dishes. This uses a whole bunch of kale for just two people, but if it’s for more people I think you can get away with just increasing the pasta and seasonings and leaving the kale the same.
Start a large pot of salted water boiling, and when it boils, add 1/2 a package of spaghetti (this is for two people mind you, you may need to increase it for more). Meanwhile, chop 3 cloves of garlic, and cook them in a tablespoon of olive oil over low heat in a frying pan. Chop one bunch of kale into smaller-than-bite-sized pieces. When I got Will to do this, he put it in a colander and then used kitchen shears to chop it into very small bits, which worked well! Saute the kale in the oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. While it cooks, season with a pinch of salt, lots of fresh ground pepper, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, and the zest of one lemon. The kale is ready when it’s cooked down and soft. When the pasta is al dente, drain it and add it to the frying pan. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil over the pasta, and squeeze the juice of half a lemon. Toss to mix, and top with a little freshly grated parmesan. Delicious! One of the best 15 minute dinners we make.
If you ever want to know what my life was like from oh, ages 10-24, please go read this book. So so good. I was obviously reading sections aloud to Will to be like, “She also wrote entire diaries just about boys she had crushes on!” And I was so excited to finish it that I stayed up super late on a work night. A work night!
I loved this story about the division of domestic labour in a relationship. It’s funny how these tasks just become yours on some unspoken agreement. Last night Will was tired and asked me to fill the humidifier with water (god, we’re so old), and I was definitely like, “But that’s your job!” He also always handles cable and internet accounts, and cleaning the tub (he finds it weird that I refuse to clean with bleach). And his coffee is way better than mine (which is especially weird because I worked at Starbucks for years!). When I asked Will which tasks he thought of as being mine, he immediately was like, “Cleaning my glasses! You just get the smudges off so much better.” Good to know I’m bringing some good skills to this partnership.
Lastly, sometimes we try to be all fancy with our cheese and crackers, but I have to be honest with you, this is just Smuckers. So lazy.