Macaroni with Mustard Greens, Lemon & Parmesan


  • 2 cups (dry) macaroni or whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 bunch mustard greens
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water 9-10 minutes, or until barely al dente
  2. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water before draining
  3. While pasta cooks, wash greens several times, then slice crosswise into 1 inch wide ribbons, discarding stems
  4. Heat olive oil in large frying pan, add garlic and lemon zest and sauté 1 minute
  5. Add greens and sauté about 5 minutes
  6. Add drained pasta to greens/garlic/lemon mixture, mix in, and heat 1 minute; if mixture seems dry, add pasta cooking water
  7. Stir in Parmesan cheese and serve hot, with additional cheese to be added at the table if desired


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