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Pasta with Wilted Kale and Caramelized Onions

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst


Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 20 mins
Yield Makes 4 entrée servings or 8 side dish servings
Pasta with Wilted Kale and Caramelized Onions delivers a tasty way to eat your veggies. This delicious pasta gets a taste of sweetness from currants.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, halved and sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 8 ounces uncooked gemelli pasta
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry or chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup currants or raisins
  • 8 ounces fresh kale leaves, stems trimmed, torn into pieces (about 8 cups, loosely packed)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish: dried crushed red pepper

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in oil, onions, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or until onions are golden brown.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1/4 cup hot pasta water.

  3. Stir sherry and currants into onions; stir in kale. Cook, covered, 5 minutes or until kale is just tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  4. Toss pasta with kale mixture and reserved pasta water. Sprinkle with cheese; garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.