Kale Pasta

My Kale Pasta recipe is a personal favorite that I make over and over again.  This vegetarian dinner is delicious and lets just a couple of good ingredients shine like kale, pasta, lemon, and greek yogurt.  There is a vegan option included in the recipe too.

I want to share with you one of my favorite recipes…. my Kale Pasta recipe!  I created this during an ice storm a few years ago when my fridge was nearly bare and I couldn’t make it to the store.  I somehow ended up with kale, pasta, lemon, and greek yogurt in the fridge and pantry and came up with this.  Over time I’ve tweaked it and it’s now on regular rotation in the Wunder household.  It’s one of my personal favorite recipes that I always look forward to eating.

Kale Pasta recipe

This Kale Pasta recipe is simple, beautiful, and tasty!  It’s the best of health and comfort food rolled up in a bowl of carb-y goodness.

The highlights of this Kale Pasta recipe are kale, high-quality pasta, parsley, lemon, and parmesan!    I’ve started even stirring a big scoop of Greek yogurt into it at the end to make it creamy.

However, you could easily make this dairy-free by using vegan butter (or omit it altogether) and leaving off the parmesan and greek yogurt.  It’s nice, but the dish is still good without it.

These are all things I always keep on hand in my fridge and suggest you do to!  It’s the perfect fast dinner.

I think I love it so much because it’s kind of healthy… kind of comfort food.  The pasta is so nice and cozy but the huge heaps of kale still provide lots of vitamins.

Pasta is something I enjoy in moderation and feel most of you can too.  There are so many great options these days that even include protein!

My Kale Pasta recipe may have been unplanned originally, but now it is worthy of a top spot my regular dinner rotation… and I hope yours too.



Healthy & Easy Kale Pasta recipe / Running in a Skirt

Kale Pasta Recipe

Julie Wunder
This Kale Pasta Salad recipe used just a few simple ingredients, showcasing that sometimes simple is better.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 8 ounces dried Fusilli, corkscrew pasta (about 3 cups)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, 3 cloves
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 bunch Kale, cut in 1/2 inch slices (about 8 stems or 8 cups)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 cup hot pasta water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • optional:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/4-1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Garnish: red pepper flakes, parsley and parmesan


  • Boil pasta in generously salted water, following package instructions. Check the pasta 2 minutes before the box says. You are looking for a perfect al dente bite in your pasta.
  • While the pasta is cooking, sauté the garlic in the butter and olive oil over low heat in a big pot. Allow to cook for 30 seconds, but do not burn!
  • Add the kale to the pot and mix with the butter, olive oil and garlic. Turn to medium-low heat.
  • Season with the salt, pepper and optional red pepper flakes.
  • Add the 1/2 cup of hot pasta water from your boiling pasta (be careful!) and the lemon.
  • Allow the kale to steam for about five minutes or until tender.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the pot with the kale and stir.
  • Finish by stirring in the parmesan and parsley. You can also stir in the greek yogurt to make it creamy.
  • Garnish with the additional red pepper flakes, parsley and parmesan.


If you are calorie conscious you can leave out the butter. Serves 2 adult dinner sized portions.
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By | 2020-09-15T13:46:31-04:00 April 27th, 2017|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Vegetarian Meals|55 Comments


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  7. Miz Helen May 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    What a great bowl of goodness, I love the combination with the Kale and Pasta! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  8. Annmarie May 5, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Kale in pasta is my JAM. This looks delicious!

  9. Emily May 5, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

    I love those recipes that totally aren’t officially planned, but they turn out delicious. Piles of delicious pasta are always so good.

    • JulieWunder May 13, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply

      Yes– sometimes those are the best! Thanks Emily.

  10. i could see this pasta happening except that i have a ton of spinach that i need to get rid of.

  11. vicki May 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    I love pasta with some greens… I bet the lemon really brightens this up. Looks delish!

  12. Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club March 10, 2015 at 7:56 am - Reply

    My 2 favorite things – kale and pasta MEETING in a single dish. And with a dash of red pepper flakes – heaven I am sure.

  13. Pragati // Simple Medicine March 9, 2015 at 8:10 am - Reply

    I love adding kale to pasta – it’s the perfect way to add greens and fiber.

  14. Tina muir March 9, 2015 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Julie, this looks delicious! I love the idea of using kale in pasta, and glad you were able to get creative with things, and find one that worked! Thanks for joining us again today 🙂

  15. Madeline St Onge March 7, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    OK you got me hooked on the Kale salad you posted and now I need to try this 😉 I ALWAYS have pasta and some beans on hand in the pantry so I will never go hungry LOL
    Have a great weekend

  16. Lean Lena March 4, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This recipe looks and sounds absolutely amazing! I’m pinning and cooking it on the next pasta night 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing it with the Tasty Tuesday this week, Julie 🙂

  17. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction March 4, 2015 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Simple really is best sometimes! Love pasta dishes like this!

  18. Farrah March 4, 2015 at 5:10 am - Reply

    I feel ya on not wanting to go to grocery stores right before inclement weather kicks in. It always makes me think the apocalypse is upon us. ._.

    Love how quick, simple and delicious this recipe looks! 😀 I need to go get kale!

  19. Chaitali March 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Sounds delicious! I love kale and love pasta but don’t think I’ve ever combined them.

    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chaitali! It is kind of a match made in foodie heaven! Thanks for stopping by today! Hope to see you again soon.

  20. Gingi March 3, 2015 at 11:38 am - Reply

    I’ve been seeing so many awesome kale recipes! It’s making me fall in love with this veggie! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      I’m a big fan right now! So fresh and healthy.

      • Gingi March 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm - Reply

        I have some in my fridge atm.. but no pasta.. boo!!!

  21. Jaime March 3, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I can totally get on board with this recipe. It sounds so great! (And will even better tomorrow when we hit 70 degrees.)

  22. MaryBeth at The Thrive Blog March 3, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I love a good pasta! Especially, with lemon!


    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Me too! I think the lemon adds so much flavor without extra fat.

  23. Joanna @Makingmine March 3, 2015 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Wow – this is a beautiful dish! Sounds like a perfect combo!

    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks Joanna! Healthy kale…not so healthy pasta. It is all about balance :-

  24. Blane Sherer March 3, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Very nice and resourceful.

  25. Emilie March 3, 2015 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I love all of your recipes! Kale is so abundant this time of year (it’s one of very few veggies that does well in the cold Connecticut winter) so we have been eating a lot of it lately. I bet the red pepper flakes really stand out in this dish.

    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      It does! It is just a nice pop of heat without being overwhelming. It goes well with the lemon too.

  26. This looks awesome. I’ve made something similar but used goat cheese instead….so good!

  27. Jess @hellotofit March 3, 2015 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Mm this looks so yummy! Staples for me are milk, lemons, chickpeas, butter, eggs…sounds random haha!

    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Oddly sounds like my staples! Lemons are always on my list.

  28. Yum super easy and I love kale these days! I usually have those ingredients around the house.

    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      Me too! I’ve been picking up a big bunch at the store each week.

  29. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie March 3, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    This is exactly my kinda pasta! I love minimal ingredients for a pasta dish so that the pasta and the added flavors can really be the star.

    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      It makes me remember how fabulous just pasta really is! haha!

  30. Susie @ SuzLyfe March 3, 2015 at 7:15 am - Reply

    This is really similar in terms of flavor to how I steam my kale! salt, garlic powder and lemon juice then put the top over it–sooooo good.

    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      I love the lemon with it! Great minds think alike!

  31. Amber March 3, 2015 at 6:45 am - Reply

    1. this looks amazing
    2. i cannot believe you make/photograph posts that far in advanced!
    I don’t plan out posts, more like, I make something, if I get a good photo and eat it, then i can post it, if I remember, #worstbloggerever 🙂
    your photos are beautiful!

    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much! I’ve worked so hard to try to make my photos better.
      I’m sure you are not the worst blogger ever 🙂

  32. Julie Bantin March 3, 2015 at 5:34 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This looks divine. I’ll have to try it soon. I love kale.

    • JulieWunder March 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Julie! I love kale too. It is vitamin rich and versatile.

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