Spaghetti with Collard Greens and Lemon

This quick pasta starts and ends in the skillet. A handful of fresh zest coats the noodles and lends brightness to the collards.
Whole Living, December 2012
  • Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Total Time 15 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 bunch collard greens (12 oz), ribs removed, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon, plus more for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Coarse salt
  • 12 oz farro spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook garlic and pepper flakes until tender, about 1 minute. Add greens and cook, stirring until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pine nuts and lemon zest and juice. Season with salt.

  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in well-salted water according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water and then drain.

  3. Add pasta to skillet, tossing to coat, and add reserved water to adjust consistency. Sprinkle with lemon zest and cheese before serving.

Cook's Note

Grain Check
These noodles are made from farro, an Italian whole grain that's gained a following for its complex, nutty flavor and high protein content.

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