Drunken Spaghetti with Black Kale

(from castro15’s recipe box)

Categories: Pasta


  • 1 bottle dry Italian red wine
  • Salt
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 lb. pancetta, smoked pancetta or speck, chopped into a fine dice
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 bundles kale, thinly sliced
  • Black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano, plus some to shave at table


  1. Pour the whole bottle of wine into a pasta pot and add about the same amount of water. Bring to a boil, salt the liquids, and cook the pasta to just shy of al dente. Reserve a cup of starchy cooking liquid just before draining.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a deep skillet over medium to medium-high heat with the olive oil. Add the pancetta and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes, then add the garlic and swirl around for 2 minutes more. Add the kale and wilt into the pan and then season with salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Add the starchy cooking liquid and drained pasta and the grated cheese. Toss vigorously for at least a full minute, then serve in shallow bowls. Pass the Pecorino to shave over the pasta at the table.

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