Easy weeknight pasta! This lemony rigatoni with kale and shallots is delicious, light, plus, quick and easy to make any night of the week.
While I most definitely enjoy a good bowl of pasta from time to time, truthfully, pasta tends to rank low on my personal food totem pole…it’s generally not one of those foods I crave. Or order out. I know, I know. WHAT THE…That is guys, until this lemony rigatoni with kale and shallots came into being. Full of all my favorite things (hello kale, parm and pine nuts), this pasta, with a light and tasty lemon dressing, is so deeply satisfying.
Because pasta is as weeknight friendly as it gets, and the people in my life are pasta maniacs, we serve it up on steady rotation. F
This pasta, however, requires no last minute thawing or deep freeze expeditions. It is simple and fresh in the best way, made quickly with pantry and fridge staples.
Granted, kale might not be a staple for most people, but it so should be. Unlike most washed, boxed salads, kale doesn’t wind up slimy and yellow within a day or two. It’s sturdy and keeps well for a good week or more in my experience. And it’s a super food star…
So now that your sold on kale, let’s fawn over all the yummy bits of flavor and simple fresh ingredients.
Key to the success of any good pasta is using really good ingredients.
The other flavor powerhouse in this pasta? The shallots, thinly sliced and sautéed until sweet, golden and delicious.