Fettuccine With Kale & Caramelized Onions

4 Servings
40 min

How can you say no to a dish that is tangy, sweet, salty, savoury, and oh so filling? It's time to kick up your weeknight pasta (or more likely, weekend date night) with this amazing dish.

Pasta is something we all crave. It's decadent, and in all honesty, very easy to make even for the least experienced of home cooks. So when you take the extra time to balance your dish with some veggies, and some extra love, it makes it that much more worthwhile in every bite.

This dish ensures that you are using the natural sweetness of onions to your full advantage, pairing it with kale for body, and then finishing it with tangy goat cheese. Your taste buds will thank you and so will your date (especially since there is very little clean up afterwards!).

Fettuccine With Kale & Caramelized Onions
Recipe details
  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 40 min
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  • 2 medium red onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 big bunch of lacinato/black kale, sliced, washed and dried
  • 300g or so of pasta (don't use more - ratios will be off)
  • 3-4 tbsps of olive oil
  • 2 tsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced or mashed
  • 4 ounces of goat cheese

Get a large pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil to the pan (about 2tbsp) and saute your onions. If you don't have your pan hot enough, the onions will just stew rather than retain their shape (trust us, it happens). Saute for 10 mins until some brown bits start to form, and reduce heat to low, stirring INFREQUENTLY (we see you people who like to stir - just don't).
While the onions are caramelizing, get a pot of boiling water going and salt it. Drop in your pasta and cook it right until al dente since there isn't much of a sauce for the pasta to finish in.
Once the onions look decently caramelized (you'll know), add balsamic vinegar. When it's all bubbly and dark, add in the garlic and thyme and stir for 30-60 seconds until fragrant. Then, toss in your kale, a pinch of salt and stir to wilt/soften for 5-7 mins. Stirrers, you may stir constantly now.
When the pasta is done and kale is soft, toss everything together and turn off the heat. Add in your 4 oz of goat cheese and crumble it all over. Keep a bit for topping.
Serve it up with the saved goat cheese on top and voila!