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Kale and Pasta

You can chop kale and add to almost anything without really changing the taste. Here is an example of how you can use it in a pasta dish but you can actually add it to any pasta dish you already make, including mac and cheese. It will make the pasta look different but you will enjoy it more knowing it is much healthier. Great way to get kids to eat some vegies especially if you give the new green version of a dish they like a new name to match it's color, like "Hulk cheesy noodles."

3 cloves minced garlic

3/4 lb.  pasta shells

48 oz ricotta

2 tablespoons butter

lemon zest (optional)

1 large diced onion 

3/4 cup grated Parmesan

2 bunches chopped kale (if large, remove tough stems and ribs)

2 c chopped cooked chicken (or ham would be good, too)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions. Melt butter over medium-high in skillet and add onion and garlic cooking until onion is carmalized about 4 minutes. Add kale, cover, and cook until almost tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to pan of pasta. Stir in cooked meat, ricotta, a little lemon zest, and 1/2 cup Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to 9-by-13 baking dish; top with remaining Parmesan. Bake until top is golden, 30 minutes.  

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