You will need:
- 16 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced (a garlic press is handy for this)
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 medium onions, halved and sliced
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste
- Kosher salt
- 2 pounds torn winter greens such as kale, chard, escarole or mustard greens (I used chard)
- 12 ounces spaghetti (I used 8oz. of whole wheat spaghetti)
- 1/4 grated pecorino romano cheese
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Meanwhile, cook the garlic in the oilve oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp. This should take 2-3 minutes; be careful not to overbrown it. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the garlic chips to a plate lined with paper towels. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onions and red pepper flakes to the oil in the pan; cook, stirring, until the onions are light brown, about 10 minutes. Season with 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt.
- When the onions are almost done, add the greens to the boiling water and cook uncovered until just tender, about 2 minutes. Using tongs, remove the greens; add them to the skillet with the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Return the cooking water for the greensto a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente, 8-10 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of cooking water before draining the pasta. Drain the pasta and transfer to a serving bowl. Add the cheese and toss. Add the greens and toss, using the reserved pasta as necessary to keep the pasta from clumping. Top with the garlic chips.
Makes 4 side-dish servings or 2 entree servings.
Note: If you can, open a window while cooking the onions and garlic. ;-)