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Farfalle With Cabbage and Black Kale

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“Blanched kale and cabbage are cut into ribbons and sauteed in olive oil, garlic, shallot, and chili flakes. Adapted from Martha Rose Shulman, "The Very Best of Recipes for Health."”

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  1. Blanch the kale in a large pot of boiling water for 3 minutes; remove with a skimmer or slotted spoon and plunge into ice water (the boiling water is goint to be re-used).
  2. Squeeze out the moisture from the kale and cut into thin ribbons.
  3. Plunge cabbage into the boiling water and blanch for 3 minutes; remove and place into the ice water bath.
  4. Squeeze water from the cabbage, remove core, and cross-cut into thin ribbons as well.
  5. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook the shallot, stirring, about 3 minutes; add garlic and chili flakes and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  6. Add kale and cabbage to skillet, stir for a couple of minutes, add 1/2 cup of the blanching water and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes; add another 1/2 cup of the blanching liquid and cook another 5 minutes.
  7. Cover pan and reduce heat to medium-low, simmering for 5 minutes; taste and adjust seasonings.
  8. Meanwhile, bring remaining water back to a boil and add farfalle; cook until al dente, about 10 minutes.
  9. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the water if needed to thin the sauce, and toss pasta with the kale (adding pasta water if needed).
  10. Transfer all to a serving platter and top with Parmesan.

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