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Pasta with Kale, Broccoli and Leeks

Pasta with Kale, Broccoli and Leeks

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As we move into the winter season, according to Ayurveda this is the early winter and we can become aware of what's needed before the harsher winter months set in.

We want to be adding some good quality food to our meals as the digestive system acts like a burning fire during these colder months helping to distribute warmth to our bodies.

While the fire in the belly is heightened, we can add a little garlic to our food without too much concern, remember that Pitta should keep garlic to a minimum at any time.

This recipe is quick and nourishing.


  • 2 cups of pasta of your choice, always by a good quality one, if you are gluten intolerant there are some interesting gluten free ones and a spinach one that I've tried.
  • 2 Cloves of garlic crushed
  • A handful of kale leaves, remove the spine and stalks and massage the leaves with olive oil to soften them
  • A handful of broccoli cut into small florets and steamed.
  • One large leek chopped
  • A quarter of a teaspoon of chilli flakes ( be careful about Pitta)
  • A couple of tablespoons of pine nuts.
  • A sprinkling of Feta or non-dairy cheese, optional. 


 Cook the pasta in water until its ready, it depends on the pasta but 10 mins or so is usual.

In the meantime steam the broccoli and kale.

Cook the leeks in a little ghee or olive oil with chilli flakes until just charred, after they have steamed add the broccoli and kale and fry up for a couple of minutes.

Strain the pasta and toss all the ingredients together, add a little olive oil if it's a little dry.

Sprinkle pine nuts on the top and cheese if desired.



Linda Bretherton

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