Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Remove both ends of the
then cut in half. Generously sprinkle with
Kosher Salt (to taste)
and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes until it starts to sweat.
In the meantime, boil a pot of salted water and cook the
Whole Wheat Penne Pasta (2 cups)
. I find 8-9 minutes is perfect texture. Reserve about a cup of pasta water and drain the rest. Set aside.
Rinse and pat the eggplant dry. Cut into cubes and give a good sprinkle of
Olive Oil (as needed)
and slide in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping around halfway through. They'll be tender and smell yum.
Keep the oven on and toast the
Pine Nuts (to taste)
While those are roasting, heat a medium pan over medium heat with a small amount of olive oil-just enough to get the garlic cookin'. Add the
Garlic (2 cloves)
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (1/4 tsp)
and cook for a minute until fragrant.
Kale (2 cups)
a bundle at a time and coat in the oil. To speed up the wilting process, add in a splash of that pasta water and cover with a lid. Do so until all the kale has been cooked down. Should take about 5 mins.
Once everything's finished, toss the kale/garlic, eggplant, and noodles in a large bowl. Sprinkle with
Feta Cheese (to taste)
and toasted pine nuts and squeeze over some fresh
Garnish with fresh basil or oregano for presentation. Serve and enjoy!