So my sister pinned a photo of a one-pot dish with spaghetti, kale, grape tomatoes and feta and it was all I could think about. I had to have that combination of flavors. Kind of like when someone mentions that they had sushi and I can’t stop thinking about it, wanting it, craving it, until I finally go out and enjoy it.
I searched for the recipe attached to the pin and went round and round and round pins and sites and gave up. I found the ingredients but not any instructions. My craving continued and this is what came out of it.
So good that I’ve made it twice in the last week – mostly since my 26 year old son visited and inhaled a couple servings in one standing and I felt that I wasn’t able to eat the quantity I’d emotionally prepared for during my craving phase.
I had cooked several boneless chicken breasts – pan seared then baked with an asian spice rub. I chopped up a couple into bite-sized pieces.
Cooked 1/2 box spaghetti – salted water, drained almost all the way, leaving a bit of water for noodles to sit in while I finished vegetables.
Used my favorite pan – great for kale dishes, black-eyed peas; any one-pot combinations that don’t need to simmer forever.
Started with a couple tablespoons of EVO – heat and add 3 cloves of garlic roughly chopped. Heat the garlic til browned then remove. Add cleaned and chopped kale to hot oil (about 6 cups dry). Stir until coated with oil, add salt, pepper and a pinch of chili pepper flakes. Add about 3/4 cup of chicken broth, stir then cover and let cook down for a few minutes. This would be a great veggie meal also with vegetable broth.
Stir in chicken, heat until warmed. Half about a cup of grape tomatoes – add tomatoes and pasta to pot.
Lastly add about 2/3 cup chopped feta before serving. I also like to stir in a few tablespoons of parmesan with the pasta – without the parmesan, you’ll probably want to add more salt to taste.
Drizzling a little EVO over the top not only makes it even more wonderful but also helps to keep the leftovers wonderful for the short time they sit in the fridge.
This has been my go-to meal tot bring to work for lunch – heats up nice and all the components stay blended.