Thursday, April 18, 2013

Whole Wheat Pasta with Red Cabbage

Did you try the super simple Roasted Salmon, Red Cabbage, and Potatoes yet? If so, you may be have some extra red cabbage in the fridge that you need to use up. Before stumbling across this recipe, I never thought to put red cabbage in a warm pasta dish. I've tossed it in many Asian noodle bowls and sauteed it to accompany sausage, but this is the first time I've put those concepts together. Red cabbage is a particularly nice complement to nutty whole grains like barley or whole wheat pasta, its flavor and color bleeding and mixing beautifully with the hearty base. Slightly mellowed sharp red onions peek in and out of the cruciferous crunchiness of the cabbage boldly accented by salty pops of feta in each bite. The season for this pasta is nearly over, it's heartiness most at home in the cooler seasons, but it fits in perfectly with the cold and rainy days we've been plagued with lately here in southern Wisconsin.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Red Cabbage
adapted slightly from Food and Wine

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, very thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 pounds red cabbage, thinly sliced (4 cups)
1/2 pound whole wheat spaghetti or linguine
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup Greek feta cheese, crumbled (2 ounces)

1. In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the sliced onions, cover and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are very soft, about 10 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the sliced red cabbage, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, about 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the linguine until it is al dente. Drain the pasta well, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot.
Scrape the cabbage over the pasta. Add the reserved pasta cooking water and toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowls, top with the feta and serve.

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