One-Pot Wonders: Kale and Pumpkin Pasta

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As I get older, I find myself embracing the childish pleasures of holidays like Halloween. Though you have to admit that adults get a little shortchanged on this one. So even though I'm technically not allowed to trick-or-treat on my own anymore and don't have kids, I decided to have a little Halloween fun in the kitchen.

With a fanciful stretch of your imagination, farfalle pasta becomes bat wings and Tuscan kale, a.k.a. cavolo nero (literally, "black cabbage") adds some requisite darkness. Pair it with bright orange pumpkin and you've packed some Halloween spirit onto your plate!

But regardless of whether you're a Halloween enthusiast, this is a light and super easy dish to put together. In one bowl, you'll get a hearty serving of kale and pumpkin, tied together with a generous topping of nutty Parmesan. The most time-consuming part is cutting up the pumpkin. On the bright side, that means you can whip up some roasted pumpkin seeds for snacking on the next day. But if you're short on time, see if your supermarket carries pre-cut pumpkin. That way, you'll have dinner on the table in 20 minutes—not bad for a weeknight meal!