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Penne with Kale and Onion

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.
  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drain penne; drizzle with remaining oil. Stir the salt, penne and kale into the onion mixture; heat through.
Nutrition 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.

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  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Jan 3, 2018

    This was easy and delicious. My husband doesn't like kale but liked this. Cooking the kale first and draining it gets rid of most of the bitter taste. We topped the pasta with Parmesan and served it with chicken.

  • kimspacc
    Sep 27, 2015

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

  • chewrz
    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!
    Aug 7, 2014

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

  • apschwartz
    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
    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
    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.

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    Apr 16, 2013

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    Nov 5, 2012

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    Aug 9, 2012

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