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Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr Photo by: Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2010

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)
  • Total:20 Minutes

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. 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. 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:

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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
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