Penne with Kale and Onion
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
- 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 Facts1 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.
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.
Sep 27, 2015
Very good. I used less onion and garlic, but it was still a clever way to make kale enjoyable.
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.
Aug 7, 2014
Added a little Parmesan and yes! It was yummy!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.