Bacon with Baby White Turnips & Kale tossed with Pasta Shells (serves 6)

This dinner was crazy good (I can say that ?)! I was obsessing about what I could cook with the fabulous white turnips I got from my CSA Box on Wednesday (see top right of blog about CSA). I cannot explain how good turnips right out of the ground, grown with loving care a few miles away actually tasted. They retained a lovely bite after they were cooked, were mildly sweet, earthy and light all at the same time. Beg, borrow or still baby white turnips ASAP!

The jewel of tonight's dinner!

It probably was a little unusual to cook them with pasta but they worked like a dream with the saucy bacon flavors and the rich iron-y taste of the kale. Also, adding the rosemary was a stroke of culinary genius (sorry – just excited about turnips!).

Our Dinner full of seasonal freshness..

Everybody mmmmm-ed their way through dinner and I am now praying for more turnips to come my way.

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You Will Need: 1 lb bacon, sliced into 1/2″ pieces, 5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced, 1 sweet onion, 6 baby white turnips, quartered, 1 bunch kale (about 8-10 leaves), roughly chopped, 1 small sprig rosemary, cut into about 3 pieces, 1/2 cup white wine, 1 1/4 cups water, 2 tbs heavy cream, up to 1 cup cooked pasta water (will have that after cooking pasta), 1 lb pasta shells (I used Barilla brand), 1 tsp sea-salt, several grinds black pepper.

fry bacon until starting to get crispy..

1 – In saute pan big enough to hold the whole dinner add the bacon and turn heat to low/medium. Fry the bacon until the fat begins to get slightly crispy, stirring occasionally ( 15 minutes approx.).

2 – Prep rest of ingredients while the bacon is cooking and put pasta water on to boil.

add turnips and continue to saute..

3 – Add onions and garlic and continue to cook for another 10 minutes allowing the onions to get soft. Next add the turnip quarters and rosemary and continue to cook for another 8-10 minutes.

4 – Add the wine and water and bring to a gently simmer. Add the cream and stir and then add kale and cover. Simmer on low until kale is cooked (another 10 minutes).

Add Kale..

5 – While kale is cooking add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to instructions. When pasta has cooked, scoop out about 1 cup of the pasta water before draining and set aside.Toss into pan and add the reserved pasta water and stir. Take off heat and sprinkle with a few grinds of pepper.

Serve in shallow bowl and top with Parmigiano Reggiano if you have it..

One response to “Bacon with Baby White Turnips & Kale tossed with Pasta Shells (serves 6)

  1. Dear Tess,
    We had white turnips a few years ago and LOVED them. We found out from the grower that he gets the seeds — called Hakurei turnips — from Johnny’s Seeds. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/c-53-turnips.aspx. We buy the seeds and plant them in mid-August. The greens are awesome, too, and so we plant a lot to have both greens and turnips. They’re excellent eaten raw in a salad, because of their natural sweetness. I plan to order a bunch of the seeds soon. Love, Eileen

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