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The Family Dinner Recipe: Butterfly Pasta With Kale

By on March 7th, 2013 Categories: Uncategorized

Breastcancer.org is proud to present recipes from The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt (Grand Central Life & Style, 2010). Laurie is a very special friend and champion of Breastcancer.org. We’re pleased to share Laurie and Kirstin’s delicious, healthy recipes as part of Think Pink, Live Green!

Kale is rich in calcium and other vitamins, and is a very healthy addition to this pasta dish. Most kids haven’t even heard of kale, but you might be surprised by how much they like it.


2 large bunches kale
1 pound farfalle pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves garlic, slivered
1 1/2 cups sun-dried tomatoes from a jar, drained, rinsed, and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
Salt and pepper or red pepper flakes
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Fill a large pot with water. Bring it to a boil, then salt it so it tastes like the sea.

Remove the stems from the kale. Stack all the kale leaves on top of one another, roll them into a fat cigar, and slice it into thin slices. Or just chop, chop, chop it all – that works, too.

Throw the kale into the pot for 4 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon or tongs and drain well. Put the pasta into the same pot of water and cook according to the package directions.

While the pasta is boiling, drizzle a large pan with the olive oil, heated over a medium flame until shimmering, add the garlic, and gently sauté it until golden and fragrant.

Toss in the kale and the sun-dried tomatoes, cooking until the kale is tender and the sun-dried tomatoes are soft and bright.

When the pasta is done, drain it, reserving a few tablespoons of the cooking water.

In a large bowl, combine the pasta with the kale and the remaining ingredients. If you want to moisten it a bit, you can use the reserved cooking water. Serve with a lovely mixed green salad.

Laurie David is an author and producer who works on a variety of environmental, food, and agricultural issues. Her most recent book, The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, is an inspirational, practical, and green guide to the vital family dinner ritual and how to accomplish it in today’s busy world. Laurie was a producer on the 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth and the HBO documentary Too Hot NOT to Handle, and executive produced the TBS comedy special Earth to America! She also authored the bestselling book Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You! and co-authored The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming. A regular blogger on the Huffington Post, Laurie has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. She was named a 2006 Glamour Woman of the Year and has been profiled in People, Glamour, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Elle, Wired, House & Garden, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair. Kirstin Uhrenholdt grew up on a fruit-farm in Denmark, pickin’ n’ pruning and making pie. She then, by a stroke of good luck, ended up on a cargo ship to Greenland, doing among other things a lot of dishes, a lot — more than you can imagine. She escaped and became a beer wench in Appenzelle, Switzerland, where they speak a language no one understands. Eventually she landed in L.A. where, lo and behold, she was kidnapped by some actors, some heavy rockers, and some kosher people. Presently she is living happily ever after.

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