Penne with Kale and Onion Recipe
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Penne with Kale and Onion Recipe

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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
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Penne with Kale and Onion in Healthy Cooking August/September 2009, p44

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kimspacc User ID: 1340117 233591
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

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

chewrz User ID: 7424940 225327
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."

ooh! User ID: 5628505 115097
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

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

apschwartz User ID: 1393337 210973
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."

Fire291 User ID: 934301 115094
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!"

RachelE User ID: 1320859 165880
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."

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 106457
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."

kristiracines User ID: 2843872 115093
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."

katieleigh3508 User ID: 4885329 184056
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."

mandajean526 User ID: 5017349 167529
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!"

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