Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta Recipe

Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

I developed this Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta recipe ,it takes one of my favorite greens and combines it with flavors and textures that will have everyone asking for seconds. The kale softened into a silky texture while absorbing the savory garlic and Parmesan flavors. Best of all, it only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, so it’s ideal for busy weeknights.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 beautiful bunch of kale, about 1/2 pound worth. I like to use lacinato kale for this dish since its leaves have a lovely texture when cooked.
  • 1/2 pound of angel hair pasta to toss with the kale – its thin strands are perfect for wrapping around the greens.
  • 2 tablespoons each of olive oil and butter. The olive oil adds brightness while the butter lends richness. A couple cloves of minced garlic, about 2, are essential for infusing the dish with garlicky goodness.
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top.
  • A pinch each of salt and pepper .
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes for a little spicy kick, but that’s optional depending on your taste.
Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

How to Make This Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta Recipe

Preparing the Ingredients

The first step is to gather and prep all the ingredients. Rinse the kale leaves and pat them dry, removing any thick stems. Mince the garlic cloves. Grate the Parmesan cheese. Measure out the olive oil, butter, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes if using. Have a large pot of salted water boiling for the pasta.

Cooking the Pasta

Once the water is boiling, add the angel hair pasta and cook according to package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta well and set aside in a large bowl.

Sautéing the Kale

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium. When the butter is melted, add the minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the rinsed and dried kale a handful at a time, allowing it to wilt down before adding more. Sauté the kale until completely tender, about 5-7 minutes.

Tossing with Pasta

Pour the cooked kale into the bowl with the drained pasta. Sprinkle over the grated Parmesan, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes if using. Toss everything together thoroughly until the pasta is evenly coated in the kale and cheese.

Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

Serving Instructions

This recipe serves 4 as a main dish. Be sure to serve it warm straight from the skillet or pot. For optimal flavor and texture, I recommend tossing the pasta right before serving so it doesn’t sit too long. You can also serve individual portions in warm bowls or plates. Garnish with extra Parmesan cheese if desired. A simple green salad makes the perfect accompaniment.

Storage Instructions

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. The flavors will continue to develop the next day. To reheat, toss the pasta with a splash of water in a skillet over medium-low heat until warmed through.

Freezing Instructions

This recipe also freezes well for longer term storage. To freeze, allow the cooked pasta to cool completely, then portion it into sealed freezer bags or containers, pressing out excess air. Label and date the packages. The pasta will maintain quality when frozen for 3 months. To reheat frozen portions, thaw overnight in the fridge or speed thaw by placing the sealed bag in a pot of warm water. Then heat through in a skillet with a splash of water until piping hot.

Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

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FAQs

Can I use a different pasta shape?

Yes, while angel hair works nicely to cradle the kale, you can substitute other thin pasta like spaghetti, linguine or fettuccine.

Is the kale too tough?

No, the kale wilts down nicely during the sautéing process and takes on a silky texture. Be sure not to overcook it.

Can I leave out the red pepper flakes?

Absolutely, the red pepper flakes are totally optional for a little spicy kick. The base flavors of garlic and Parmesan are plenty delicious on their own.

How can I add more protein?

Feel free to stir in a can of drained and rinsed cannellini or chickpeas during the last few minutes of cooking. Shredded chicken or crumbled sausage is also a tasty addition.

Can I double the recipe?

es, this recipe doubles well to feed a crowd. Just be sure to use a large enough skillet and increase your cooking time slightly since there will be more ingredients.

Is this recipe kid-friendly?

Kids often surprisingly like kale pasta better than regular pasta. Start them with a smaller portion and top with extra Parmesan – they’ll be asking for seconds in no time.

Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

I developed this Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta recipe ,it takes one of my favorite greens and combines it with flavors and textures that will have everyone asking for seconds
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 373 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bunch lb kale
  • ½ lb angel hair pasta*
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions
 

  • First, collect all the ingredients – a bunch of kale, angel hair pasta, olive oil, butter, garlic, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Rinse and dry the kale, mince the garlic, and grate the cheese.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add salt and the angel hair pasta. Cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium. When hot, add the minced garlic and cook 1 minute until fragrant. Add the kale a handful at a time, allowing it to wilt before adding more. Sauté until tender, 5-7 minutes.
  • Transfer the kale to the pasta bowl. Sprinkle over the Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Toss thoroughly to coat the pasta.
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Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.