Pasta and kale with a squash+tomato sauce

November 11, 2009

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To put together a classic jury duty day you will need:

  • 1 jury summons, clutched in a sweaty palm as you make your way downtown at an obscenely early hour
  • 2 trips through the metal detector and 1 intimate session with the lady with the hand-held device
  • 1 riveting piece of cinematography titled “You, the Juror”
  • dangerously low levels of caffeine, lest you should need to pee while being questioned by the judge
  • 1 person with a juicy cough, seated right next to you
  • 6 hours of mind-numbing boredom, butt-numbing seats, and low-grade anxiety
  • 1 check for $17.20, at the end of it all

Oh wait–you’re here for that squash pasta sauce I promised in the title?  Right!  Let me start over.

Here’s how to assemble a luscious pasta dish with a touch of autumn:

  • 1/2 large onion
  • innards of 1 roasted  (or microwaved) acorn squash
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 box of whole wheat pasta (something chunky, like farfalle, will hold the sauce well)
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • dashes of turmeric, cinnamon, chipotle pepper, salt, oregano
  1. Saute the onion and squash for a couple of minutes.  Add the tomatoes and seasonings and let it all simmer, covered, while you prepare the pasta and kale. Look how happy you’re going to be every time you peek under the lid:IMG_4342
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Throw in the chopped kale and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add the pasta and cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. Drain.  Serve.  Eat.  Be glad you don’t have jury duty any time soon.
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