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Kale & Walnut Pasta Recipe

Just had a wonderful meal which I made up by using up some vegetables and nuts left over from Christmas. This very healthy pasta dinner includes Kale, Walnuts, Green Beans and Wholewheat Pasta, so the nutritional benefits are really high.  It offers robust flavours, is cost effective and is a great source of iron, protein, fibre and vitamins. If you can steam the kale it is said to help lower your cholesterol too!

Kale & Walnut Pasta (serves 2)

150 gram wholewheat pasta (I used Fusilli Spirals)
1/4 bag Kale (with stems removed and torn into small pieces)
Good handful of Green Beans (cut into approx 2.5cm pieces)
2 small Onions
Garlic Cloves (crushed) to taste (I think 1 would be good, but used 2 tonight)
Olive Oil
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Approx 4 walnut halves broken into pieces
Grated Hard Cheese such as Grana Padano or Parmesan to taste 

In a steamer** boil the pasta until cooked (about 15-20 mins), in the top tier place the kale and the green beans to steam through while the pasta cooks. Meanwhile, fry the onion and garlic gently in a little olive oil & black pepper.

Grate the cheese, choosing an amount to suit your taste and put on a plate ready to sprinkle on top of the pasta later.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain thoroughly and pop back into the pan, stir through all of the vegetables and the walnuts and serve with the cheese sprinkled on the top. This recipe goes well with my Peanut Butter Scones.

**If you don't have a steamer then cook separately, but remember the vegetables will take less time to cook than the pasta, and need to be thoroughly drained.

Why not have a browse around my online vintage china shop for a stunning plate to serve this meal on?
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