Feisty Calabrian Pasta with Perky Kumquats
Serves 2 hungry people or 4 modestly hungry
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus extra for finishing)
1 tablespoon crushed Calabrian chili in oil*
6 kumquats, thinly sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, slivered
1/4 sweet onion, diced
1/2 bunch Dino kale, thinly cut
1 Meyer lemon, zested
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 pacakage pasta of choice
Handful fresh chives, chopped
Sea salt, finishing salt and fresh black pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Salt to taste like the sea. Cook pasta al dente and reserve 1/4 cup pasta water.
Warm olive oil over medium heat and sauté onion for 5-7 minutes or until soft. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in Calabrian chilies, kumquats and garlic for another 2-3 minutes. Toss in kale and season with more salt and lemon zest. Stir well and let kale wilt for roughly 3 minutes. Add in cheese, reserved pasta water and pasta. Stir well so that the sauce coats all the noodles evenly. Turn off the heat after 1-2 minutes and transfer to dining bowls. Top with fresh chives, more parm, a few slivers of raw kumquat, quick glug of olive oil and finishing salt and pepper. Bon Appetito!
*you can always add another tablespoon if you really wanna pack the heat!