Pasta with Guanciale and Greens

July 31, 2018
1 Ratings
Photo by Cooks and Kid
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

The guanciale and Pecorino gives this pasta dish so much flavor. What we also love is this recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes and the addition of greens makes it feel slightly healthy. —Cooks and Kid

What You'll Need
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces guanciale, diced (alternatively pancetta)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 20 sage leaves, finely chopped (alternatively a few sprigs of thyme)
  • 8 ounces dried short pasta
  • 5 ounces baby greens, such as kale, spinach, chard or arugula
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Once hot, add guanciale, garlic, and red pepper. Stir frequently and cook for about 5-7 minutes, or until the guanciale is rendered and golden. If the garlic starts to burn remove it from the pan and add it back later when finishing the sauce.
  2. Add the sage to the pan and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the greens and stir until just wilted, turn off and remove from the heat.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta 2 minutes less than the cooking instructions suggest. Drain the pasta very well and add it to the pan with the guanciale. Turn on the heat to medium-high and toss the pasta frequently in the guanciale and greens about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the Pecorino, stir well to combine. Serve while hot.

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1 Review

gardenchickens October 8, 2019
My favorite farmer gave me a great deal on a whole pig head last year, so I just happened to have some home-cured guanciale on hand (my first attempt, woohoo!). The 20 leaves of sage sounded like a bit much in this recipe, but I went all the way with it. Pork/greens/pasta is nearly always a win, and the sage just blended perfectly with the strong flavors. Any less would have undermined the flavor. High impact YUM!