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Penne with Kale and Onion Recipe

Penne with Kale and Onion Recipe

I love kale; my husband hates it. But when I swapped it into a favorite penne-with-spinach recipe, it was so delicious, he asked for seconds! —Kimberly Hammond, Kingwood, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 6 cups chopped fresh kale
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook onion in 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until onion is golden brown, stirring frequently and adding the garlic during the last 2 minutes of cooking time.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook penne according to package directions. In a Dutch oven, bring 1 in. of water to a boil. Add kale; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender; drain.
  • 3. Drain penne; drizzle with remaining oil. Stir the salt, penne and kale into the onion mixture; heat through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 191 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews for Penne with Kale and Onion

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Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"Very good. I used less onion and garlic, but it was still a clever way to make kale enjoyable."

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2015

"My husband hates Kale but when another reviewer said her husband who hated Kale, loved this dish, it got my wheels turning. I added, homemade spaghetti sauce, cooked ground turkey and Gorgonzola cheese, his favorite. He wanted to know the name for this dish so I will have to come up with something clever, for future reference. BTW. just the two of us could have eaten the whole casserole, but I saved some for lunch. Thanks so much."

Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

"Added a little Parmesan and yes! It was yummy!!"

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"The onion was way too over powering. Maybe half of an onion?? I'm going to add some beans or meat to the leftovers tonight (since I don't want to throw it all away) hoping that bulking it up with something will take away from the onion flavor."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"Wonderful! I made this for a family gathering and everyone loved it! I believe this would be good as a main meal ~ add some Italian sausage and tomatoes...double yum!"

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2013

"Good basic recipe. I added some chopped fresh tomatoes for a few minutes at the end and topped with Parmesan, as others suggested."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"Tastes really good but I agree in that it needs a little something extra such as shredded Parmesan, grape tomatoes, and/or chicken. It was a great change from my normal pasta meals."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

"This is one of my favorite recipes; I make it all the time. It is so simple yet so good! I usually make it more of a "dinner" by by adding 3/4 lb of browned bulk italian sausage. I also recently tried just throwing the kale in the same pan as the garlic & onions and letting it cook there (in order to save the extra pot and time) and this has worked just fine. I also occasionally toss in halved grape tomatoes in towards the end, which is very good."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2011

"I just made this for dinner because I got kale from my CSA share. I don't like soggy greens and I wasn't sure how flavorful it would be with only garlic and salt, but the reviews were all good so I took a chance. It is really good! I did add some mozzarella cheese as suggested and some chopped fresh parsley. I will definitely be filing this away for future use."

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"This was delicious and easy! A little time consuming, but worth it. I added sliced chicken sausage and a splash of white wine - yum!"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2011

"Light, tasty, healthy meal. My husband added Parmesan cheese for a little more flavor."

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"Simple to make. Tastes better with age. I substituted 2 cups macaroni."

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"I was leery about trying Kale but was pleasantly surprised with the flavor. I did add some shaved Romano cheese on top."

Reviewed Sep. 12, 2009

"I love the garlic flavor. I also have added a little grated Parmesan cheese just before serving. I found peppered chicken breasts cooked in the onion/garlic pan have a wonderful flavor."

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2009

"We liked this -- my picky 17 and 12 year-olds like noodles, and so adding the kale to it was a good way to give them a healthy veggie at the same time. Very tasty!"

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009

"Will be trying it on my very picky kids this week."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2009

"WOW - my two favorites/pasta and kale! I grow spinach, so will be trying it that way soon. I also added some grated cheese on top for flavor."

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2009

"This was very good. I added a little bit of shredded 2% mozzarella cheese for even more flavor. I really liked it!"

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