- 1 pound collard greens, (about 12 cups), stripped from thick stems, washed, dried and coarsely chopped (1/2-inch pieces)
- 2 ounces sliced pancetta, or bacon, finely diced (3/4 cup)
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 28-ounce c diced tomatoes, (not drained)
- 1/4 cup water
- 8 ounces medium pasta shells, (3 cups)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Bring 2 cups lightly salted water to a boil in a large wide pan. Add collards and cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and press out excess moisture. Set aside.
Put a large pot of lightly salted water on to boil for cooking pasta.
Cook pancetta (or bacon) in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until golden, 5 minutes. Drain; discard fat.
Add oil to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, for 30 to 60 seconds. Add the pancetta (or bacon), tomatoes and water; bring to a simmer, mashing the tomatoes with a potato masher or the side of a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until thickened, about 20 minutes.
About 10 minutes before the sauce is ready, cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring often, until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta.
Add the pasta, collards and reserved pasta-cooking water to the tomato sauce. Heat, stirring, until the pasta has absorbed some of the flavors, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon into pasta bowls, sprinkle with cheese and serve.
- Serving: Per serving
- Calories: 364
- Carbohydrates: 60g
- Fat: 9g
- Protein: 17g
- Dietary Fiber: 9g
- Saturated Fat: 3g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 4g
- Cholesterol: 14mg
- Potassium: 256mg
- Sodium: 851mg
- Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1/2 fat
- Carbohydrate Servings: 3