Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

Orecchiette (little ears pasta) is a classic shape that's ideal for this chunky sauce. You can also substitute short pasta shapes like penne or rigatoni. If you can find mild-tasting cavolo nero (black kale), try it here.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
Total:
Recipe from Cooking Light

More From Cooking Light

Recipe Time

Total: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 350
  • Fat: 9.2g
  • Saturated fat: 3.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
  • Protein: 14.7g
  • Carbohydrate: 53.7g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Cholesterol: 12.4mg
  • Iron: 3.7mg
  • Sodium: 486mg
  • Calcium: 218mg

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked orecchiette pasta
  • 5 cups bagged prewashed kale
  • 2 slices center-cut bacon
  • 1/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preparation

  1. 1. Cook pasta in boiling water 8 minutes or until almost tender. Add kale, and cook 2 minutes. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
  2. 2. While pasta cooks, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon; crumble and set aside. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add sun-dried tomatoes, crushed red pepper, and garlic to drippings in pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add pasta mixture, reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid, black pepper, and salt to pan; toss to combine. Top pasta mixture evenly with bacon and cheese; drizzle evenly with lemon juice.
Note:

MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

My Notes

Only you will be able to view, print, and edit this note.

Add Note

Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe at a Glance
advertisement
  1. Enter at least one ingredient

Find out what we've got cooking...

Weekly Specials
Get our Free Weekly Specials Newsletter filled with our favorite recipes, seasonal menus, and special features.
We Respect Your Privacy. Privacy Policy