Orecchiette with Kale, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

  • London1 Posted: 12/20/10
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    I used whole wheat rotini and back bacon instead. Added lots of crushed red pepper as we like spice. Recipe was really tatty and easy to make.

  • skspillman Posted: 11/29/10
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    I followed the recipe exactly, and this dish went over well with my family. I served it as a side with baked chicken.

  • Karen64 Posted: 12/12/10
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    This was very good and easy to make. Lots of flavor. I couldn't find black kale and substituted green kale and it was delicious!

  • ninasommer Posted: 12/01/10
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    This was terrific. I used my own oven-dried tomatoes, black kale and some really good bacon. Forgot to drizzle with lemon juice. Will try that next time.

  • Otterstamp Posted: 02/25/11
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    This recipe is like many others from Cooking Light. It was a quick, decent-tasting pasta dish that was a bit blander than I expected having tasted some of their other similar recipes.

  • IndigoV Posted: 03/04/11
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    One of our go-to recipes for an excellent quick supper on those hectic days. We have substituted ham for the bacon and the dish is as well-balanced as the original. We serve it with a romaine lettuce salad with a simple lemon/olive oil dressing and crusty bread. Really good supper!

  • CherCooks411 Posted: 05/18/11
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    My nine year old son may well be the world's pickiest eater. But this is a meal he gobbles up, and requests it specifically when I ask for menu suggestions for the week. Getting kids to consume more nutrition-packed leafy greens can be challenging. Vitamin C-rich sundried tomatoes aid in the absorption of the kale's iron, so having him love this meal is a real victory for mom :). It doesn't hurt that I find it delicious - and EASY - as well!

  • Lori1190 Posted: 08/25/11
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    Added a can (1.5c.) garbanzo beans and a couple extra cloves of garlic for just a bit more protein. Might not be worthy of a special occasion, but the speed with which it can be prepared and the wonderful taste have earned it a spot as one of our regularly made pasta dishes. (With the beans and adding a big, all veggie side salad made a nice 500 cal dinner for us :o)

  • Jenbalsa Posted: 01/04/12
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    Used leftover smoked ham instead of bacon and it worked wonderfully. Love any recipe that makes kale taste good.

  • Semiresponsive Posted: 05/25/12
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    I thought this was very tasty. I already had some mini penne in my pantry so I used that, and I didn't have red pepper flakes so I sprinkled in cayenne pepper. Otherwise I followed the recipe as it was. I'm certain I'll be making this again.

  • carolfitz Posted: 02/08/13
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    Very good, assertive flavors, nice combo of colors & textures. Made to directions, perhaps using a bit more garlic to suit our taste. Substantial winter meal.

  • KarenWard Posted: 11/05/12
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    A great recipe to add kale into your diet. I think I would added extra sun dried tomatoes next time because I really like them. Also, the kale really shrinks so add a ton and I'd chop it up a bit.

  • KatieY Posted: 03/05/12
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    It was similar to one I tried off of serious eats. I'd recommend uping the amount of sun dried tomatoes, adding a tsp of lemon rind, and some basil to give it more flavour. I also skipped the step of adding the kale to the boiling pasta and adding some of the pasta water to the dish,

  • Kelton Posted: 08/11/12
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    Just fixed this for dinner. Added mushrooms, green onions and tomato-basil goat cheese to it. I really enjoyed it! My kids ate it too! Added a little extra melted butter to give it more of a sauce.

  • JoAnne8 Posted: 01/12/13
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    Loved it. Different and interesting.

  • carolerb Posted: 04/18/13
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    This was very easy and yummy. I added quite a few more sundried tomatoes. This would also be great with chicken if you did not want vegetarian.

  • CMMReader Posted: 07/25/12
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    This was really good! It is sometimes difficult to find a recipe with kale that the family really likes and this one fits the bill! We get a lot of kale with our CSA and this is a recipe I will return to again and again. I did make one change. I used sun-dried tomatoes that were not packed in oil. I used the water that I soaked the tomatoes in to add at the end instead of the pasta water. It just added a little flavor although it seemed to have plenty of flavor without it.

  • Samsublime Posted: 03/12/12
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    This was delicious! I added a bit more of almost everything (1/2 c sundried toms, 4 pieces of bacon, 4 cloves garlic, just over 1/2 cup retained pasta water) but otherwise stuck pretty much right to the recipe. Not sure what the people who said it was bland were thinking, I thought it had a ton of flavor. I'll definitely make it again.

  • GramercyGal Posted: 02/07/13
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    This is really wonderful and a nice healthy dinner. It's also fast to make and I didn't need to make any adjustments - which is rare. This will be on the regular dinner rotation.

  • ajvinande Posted: 01/23/13
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    Amazing!! I make this recipe so often that my once green-fearing family has come to love kale. Also good with beet greens (from the CSA box...mustard greens didn't work but hardly ever do, in my view!). but most definitely the best with kale. Dry sundried tomatoes in a pouch can be used instead of oil-packed. Prosciutto works great instead of bacon, if you like. However you make it, though, do try this recipe. You'll love it!!

  • KeiraRochelle Posted: 11/16/13
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    This was very good. I used Cherrywood smoked bacon and used 3 slices since it is a pretty thin cut. I also doubled up the garlic! Never too much garlic for my family!

  • NormaLang Posted: 01/18/14
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    I doubled the recipe and the bacon. I would count the red pepper in half personally and add additional kale. The flavor was fantastic and my husband thought this meal was spectacular. Super easy to make.

  • Cabel0515 Posted: 01/22/14
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    This was quick and easy and my family loved it! My teenaged son's comment, "so many flavors." I agree. It may have been 4 servings, but they liked it so much that three of us finished off the whole thing. Well worth repeating.

  • jess3315 Posted: 01/06/14
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    Awesome dish! When I was cooking it I felt like it was going to be way to light and lacking in flavor... boy was I dead wrong. This pasta packs a decent amount of heat, and I loved it. This is my new favorite quick pasta recipe.

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