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Pasta with Kale, Kalamata Olives, Dried Cranberries, Toasted Garlic, & Feta

This pasta dish is also known as "crazy spaghetti" because it is crazy good-a family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head garlic cloves peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 medium red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large bunch of kale stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti or other pasta we use whole wheat
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives cut into slivers-pits removed
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. 1. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer garlic with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Cook onion in the remaining oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add dried cranberries and cook until plumped, about 1 minute.
  2. 2. Add kale leaves into onion mixture with water and 3/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook, covered, over medium-high heat until almost tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a pasta pot of boiling salted water until aldente. Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water and drain pasta.
  4. 4. Toss pasta with kale, kalamata olives, and 1/2 cup pasta water. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle feta cheese and garlic chips over the pasta dish and serve warm.