Pappardelle Healthy Recipe with Fava Beans & Kale

Homemade Pasta Sauce w/ Shallots, Pine Nuts, Garlic & Green Olives

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Active/Total Time: 35 mins/35 minsServes: 4

Pappardelle is a very wide type of fettuccine noodle in the pasta family. In this recipe, the pappardelle is paired with all sorts of flavor-boosting ingredients like pine nuts, shallots, green olives, and chili flakes.

The most predominant ingredients (besides pasta) are fava beans and leaves of chopped kale. Kale is a cabbage that is rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties along with beta carotene, vitamins C and K, and calcium. Fava beans, on the other hand, are rich in L-dopa, which is used to treat Parkinsons and hypertension. However, studies suggest the avoidance of fava beans for patients taking MAO inhibitors or who have G6PD deficiency. In this case, another legume or protein should be substituted.

Speaking of substitutions, this is a great recipe to make for your kids since it's packed with nutrition -- but if their tastebuds refuse ingredients like green olives and kale, try substituting other flavors that they like instead. Since pappardelle noodles are so big, add ingredients that have a big flavor to complement them. Italian sausage, Swiss chard, and sun-dried tomatoes are a few ideas.

To make this a vegetarian recipe, shop for vegetable stock, margarine, and soy cheese instead of chicken stock, butter, and Parmesan.

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • salt (to cook the pasta; 1 tsp per 1 L of water)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 1/4 cup green olives
  • 3 cups kale (approx. 1 bunch)
  • 2 Tbsp parsley
  • 1 cup shelled fava beans (fresh* or frozen)
  • 8 oz Pappardelle noodles
  • 1/4 tsp. chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

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