Linguine with Kale and Cod

Photo: John Kernick

This quick Italian dinner is quite satisfying after a long day.


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 3 ounces linguine

  • 1 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 1 cod fillet (4 to 6 ounces), skin removed

  • ½ bunch kale, stems removed, leaves torn into 2-inch pieces

  • Red-pepper flakes

  • ¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus wedge for serving


  1. In a medium pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium. Pat cod dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper; cook until lightly browned and opaque throughout, about 8 minutes, flipping once. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil. Add 1/2 teaspoon oil and kale to pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook until kale begins to wilt, 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water, cover, and cook until kale is tender, 6 minutes.

  2. Drain pasta and add to pan with kale. Stir in pinch of red-pepper flakes and lemon zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with oil, and top with cod; serve with lemon wedge.

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