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Penne Pasta with Mixed Greens on white plates with southwestern design napkins.
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Penne Pasta with Mixed Greens {gluten-free}

This colorful and healthful pasta dish with mixed greens, sun-dried tomatoes and toasted walnuts comes together in a jiffy. Make with gluten-free pasta or wheat pasta.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keyword: pantry meals, pasta
Servings: 6 large servings.
Calories: 335kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch mixed greens , about 1 pound (see note)
  • 8 ounces brown rice penne pasta (see note)
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil , drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sherry wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts , coarsely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (see note)

Instructions

  • Wash the greens. Do not dry—the water left on the greens helps them to wilt.
  • Trim and discard the tougher ribs of the kale. (The chard and mustard green ribs are tender enough that you can chop them along with the leaves.)
  • Chop the greens in 1 to 1 ½-inch pieces.
  • Dice the onion into ½-inch pieces.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook the pasta until it is tender. (see note)
  • When the pasta is done, drain and toss with the sun-dried tomatoes and their residual oil. Add a teaspoon of olive oil if needed to keep the pasta from sticking together.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high flame. Add the olive oil and the chopped onion.
  • Cook and stir about 5 minutes, until the onions begin to turn translucent. Stir in the garlic.
  • Reduce the heat to medium flame. Add the chopped greens and cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens wilt and shrink, another 5 minutes.
  • Mix the pasta and tomatoes into the greens. Sprinkle in the vinegar and heat through.
  • Add the walnuts, Aleppo pepper, and salt to taste.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • I used a mixture of kale, chard and mustard greens.
  • I bought the brown rice penne pasta at Trader Joe’s. This is by far the best gluten-free pasta I know. It holds up perfectly when cooked, unlike some gluten-free pasta. In fact, this penne benefits from extra cooking time. The package says boil 7 to 10 minutes—I boiled this pasta until it had a soft texture, about 14 minutes. (My kitchen is 7000 feet above sea level, test in 10 minutes if at sea level.)
  • Aleppo pepper adds subtle heat and vibrant flavor to so many foods. If you don’t have any (yet), substitute 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes.
  • For protein, stir in a cup or so of canned, drained white beans.
  • If you eat cheese, stir in a smidgen of goat cheese just before the pasta hits the dinner table. You'll love how the soft goat cheese gently coats the pasta and greens.

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 706IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg