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Penne with Kale and Onion

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


6 servings

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
Penne with Kale and Onion Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 until onion is golden brown, 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook until fragrant.
  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 until tender, 10-15 minutes. Drain.
  3. Drain penne; drizzle with remaining oil. Stir the salt, penne and kale into the onion mixture; heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 189 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 206mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1.500 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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