Penne with Asparagus, Snap Peas and Kale


My garden is planted! Still some more mulching to do, but otherwise it is done. Now the fun starts…weeding! IMG_9861

This year we have, from bottom to top: strawberries (outside the picture), garlic, Jerusalem artichokes, parsley, bok choy, leeks, red Russian kale, carrots, spinach, cauliflower, tarragon, broccoli, okra, some weird heirloom kale, basil, edamame, jalapeño, eggplants, tomatoes, parsley, a weird heirloom zucchini, purple pole beans, butternut squash, watermelon, and cucumbers. Elsewhere are sugar snap peas and raspberries. Lima beans get added later in the month, once I harvest the spinach. I am happy!!!

As a sign of it truly being spring, we had a very green dinner.  Local asparagus, snap peas and lacinato kale to have with our pasta.

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Cooked quickly and simply, it was delightful.  Everything was that perfect balance of tender and crispy.  I can’t decide which was the highlight – the snap peas, kale or asparagus?!

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Penne with Asparagus, Snap Peas and Kale 

8 ounces penne or other pasta

1 lb asparagus (locally grown), cut into 1″ pieces

1/2 lb sugar snap peas, trimmed and cut in half.

1 bunch lacinato kale, stems removed  (ok to leave the leaves whole or halved)

juice and zest of 1/2 lemon

1 – 2 Tbsp olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/4 – 1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano, large grate

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Cook the pasta according to package directions.  In the last 3 minutes of cooking, add the snap peas, asparagus and kale.

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Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

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Add the lemon juice and zest, olive oil and half the cheese.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve and top with the remaining cheese and enjoy!

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Serves 4,

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  2. Ema Jones says:

    I am definitely going to try this, sounds yummy 🙂

  3. I had to laugh at “the fun part” of your summer garden! I love this type of recipe that makes the most of fresh, in-season vegetables!

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