Sweet Potato and Kale Linguine

I have been struggling with some serious motivation issues lately. Like right now, I don’t want to be writing this blog post. What I’d like to do is to curl up with some digestive nibbles (have you tried these things? They’re amazingly addictive and it’s so not okay that I can eat a whole bag in one sitting.) and binge watch netflix ’till my eyes fall out. Yep. That sounds about right. I blame it on the weather. In true London fashion we’re experiencing grey, grey and more grey clouds with rain scattered in there as well. Isn’t the cure for feeling this way supposed to be just getting off your tukhus and getting to work? I’m giving it a go. Pass or fail, nap time’s gonna end soon.

About the recipe

While my mom was staying here she bought a few ready meals from our local grocery store. One of the sides she got was a butternut squash and kale medley. While eating it I couldn’t help but think that it would be a great starting point for a pasta dish. I try to do one or two pasta dishes a week since they’re so inexpensive and can easily be vegetarian and filling. It is sometime hard to be inspired in this area since we eat it so often. I get burned out of spaghetti and red sauce quite quickly. This one left everyone excited. I have made this with both butternut squash and sweet potato. Both work equally well. Sometimes I don’t want to deal with peeling a butternut squash and opt for sweet potato instead. 

I love the balance of flavours in this dish. There’s a nice light sweetness from the sweet potato which is nicely balance by the heat of the chilli flakes and the brightness of the the kale. I massage the kale before putting it in the pasta at the end. When I first heard of massaging kale I thought it sounded like the craziest thing, but I put it to the test, thinking it was complete nonsense and it worked wonders. It made the kale much sweeter, brighter, and not so tough.

sweet potato kale linguine recipe | the gathering table food blog

sweet potato kale linguine recipe | the gathering table food blog

sweet potato kale linguine recipe | the gathering table food blog

sweet potato kale linguine recipe | the gathering table food blog

sweet potato kale linguine recipe | the gathering table food blog

Sweet Potato and Kale Linguini
Serves 4
a delicious, sweet and savoury pasta dish perfect for a quick weeknight meal and is kind to your wallet
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons butter/olive oil
  2. 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  3. 2-3 handfuls of kale, chopped, stemmed and massaged
  4. 1 red onion. sliced thin
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. about 1/2 package of linguini
  7. 1/8-1/4 chilli flakes
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. parmesan cheese to serve
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to boil. Cook linguini to package instructions. Reserve about 1 cup of pasta water.
  2. Heat the butter or oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the sweet potato and sauté for a few minutes until starting to soften.
  3. Add the red onion and garlic. Continue to cook until onions and soft and translucent. Add the chilli flakes.
  4. While vegetables cook, prepare the kale, rinsing and massaging with your fingers.
  5. Once noodles have finished cooking, strain and add to the vegetables along with reserved pasta water and kale. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with parmesan cheese.
Notes
  1. Can sub butternut squash with sweet potato
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2 thoughts on “Sweet Potato and Kale Linguine

  1. I bet if you browned the butter first, it would be really yummy! I’m going to make this soon!

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