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Pasta with Kale, Lemon and Parmesan – Friday Night Bite

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On July 1, 2011 @ 5:00 pm In Garden,Pantry Challenge,Pantry Staples,Pasta,Recipes | 5 Comments

The last couple Fridays, I’ve shared some grilling ideas and grilled pizza recipes. But this Friday, it’s all about

the light.

the tasty.

the refreshing.

And simple too. It’s a “boil the kale, boil the pasta, then toss with some lemon and Parmesan” kind of simple.

Serve like this…or with some fresh fruit…or with a side of grilled chicken slices. Whatever suits you!

And I hope y’all have a splendidly superb and delightful July 4th weekend!

Pasta with Kale, Lemon and Parmesan

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 20 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 10-12 kale leaves (free from the garden)
  • 1 lb. small pasta noodles, fusili or small shells ($.50)
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested ($.50)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil ($.15)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese ($.50)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh fruit ($.50-$.75)
  • Grilled, sliced chicken [3] ($2)


  • In a medium saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to boil.  Add 1 Tbsp salt and then add the kale leaves.  Boil 2-3 minutes, or until the kale is soft and bright green. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water. Let sit for a few minutes before chopping.  Then chop into bite size pieces.
  • In a different saucepan (or the same one), boil the pasta noodles.  Once cooked, drain and rinse with cool water if you are planning to serve this as a cold dish.
  • Toss the cooked pasta with the chopped kale leaves.  Then squeeze in the juice of 2 lemons, plus 1 tsp lemon zest. Add in the olive oil and some salt and pepper.  Toss well.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and toss again.
  • Serve as is…or with fresh fruit…or with sliced grilled chicken on top. Or mixed in. (whatever works for you, works for me!)
  • Serve chilled or warm.

Cost $4.40, at most

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