Whole-Wheat Penne with Kale & Toasted Breadcrumbs

Recipe by DeLallo Foods.
October 01, 2013


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare kale by trimming stems, cleaning and cooking in boiling water for about 4 minutes, or until tender. Drain kale and allow to cool, then squeeze out to dry. Rough chop, and set aside.

In a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on a medium setting. Add 1 clove of smashed garlic. Flavor oil with garlic, cooking for about 2 minutes until garlic begins to turn golden. Discard garlic. Add breadcrumbs and toast, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer breadcrumbs to a separate dish.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for pasta. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Once al dente, drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.

In the meantime, using the same saucepan, warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-low heat. Add anchovies, red pepper flakes and 2 cloves of chopped garlic. While cooking, mash anchovies with a spoon until they dissolve into the oil, about 2 minutes. Add kale and cook until kale is warmed through, about 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Add hot pasta and 1/2 cup reserved pasta water, if necessary, to loosen sauce. Stir to combine. Cook together for 2 minutes to marry flavors. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Serve topped with toasted breadcrumbs.


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  • 2 large bunches kale
  • DeLallo Natural Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1⁄4 DeLallo Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for finishing
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup DeLallo Traditional Breadcrumbs
  • 4 DeLallo Anchovy Fillets in oil, drained
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 DeLallo Grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
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