Monday, November 19, 2012

Soba Noodles with Kale & Walnuts

Every home cook should have a few "deceptively simple" recipes in their arsenal and this one should become one of yours.  It may not photograph terribly well, but sure is delicious and it is super, and I mean SUPER, simple to make.

Hearty and rich kale. Walnuts for depth and protein. Soba noodles as a lovely nutty alternative to regular pasta. Cayenne and cheese together? Yes please. 

Soba Noodles with Kale & Walnuts
Ingredients
Serves two
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 6 oz of soba noodles
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Olive Oil or Peanut Oil
Directions
  • Bring two pots of salted water to boil, a large and a small
  • Add kale to the small pot, cook for 5 minutes, and drain
  • Meanwhile, cook the soba noodles according to package, and drain keeping 1 cup of the cooking water
  • Toss noodles with 1 tablespoon oil
  • In a frying pan, saute chopped walnut in oil until golden (2-3 minutes)
  • Add kale, walnuts, salt, pepper, pinch of cayenne, noodles and 1/4 cup of cooking water to the pan. Turn off heat, stir and add more cooking water if needed. Top with a very generous amount of Parmesan cheese

About Soba Noodles
This Japanese noodles are made of buckwheat flour and can be served warm or cold. Soba noodles, which can be purchased in dried form, are a healthier alternative to white-flour pasta as they contain almost half the calories and a good for you vitamins and minerals such as the essential amino acid lysine, copper and rutin.

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