Pasta With Kale Sauce

Does green colored food get a bad rap?  Split pea soup, spinach pasta, green smoothies, guacamole, green colored cakes and cookies…  All are delightful foods, but they rarely look appetizing, especially in photos.  I will admit that I was finicky about the amount of green-ness going on when I created the Double Mint Cookie Bar, so maybe my problem is with green sweets?   It’s not easy being green.     😉  Whatever my hang up is, I apparently don’t have an issue with green savory dishes.

There are tons of green colored savory foods that I love and this pasta coated in a creamy kale sauce makes the list.  Yes folks, I actually said kale.

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Pasta With Kale Sauce Recipe
(About 4 to 6 servings)


  • 1 large bunch of raw kale (5 leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound pasta (I used spaghetti)


  1. Cut the stems out of the kale leaves.
  2. Steam 1/3 cup of water and the kale leaves in a pot over Medium/High heat.  Cover the pot and steam them until they are soft.  (Which should line up with when the water is gone.)
  3. In the mean time, cook the spaghetti according to the directions on the box.  Drain it once it’s done cooking.
  4. In a medium skillet, on Medium heat, heat the butter and cook the chopped onions until translucent.
  5. Add in the chopped garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
  6. Add the kale leaves, onions, garlic, ricotta cheese, milk, salt and pepper into a food processor and process until smooth.
  7. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce.

Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.


I love the simplicity of this dish.  Dinner in 20 minutes!

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This is my first kale recipe!  In general, I don’t hate kale, but I also don’t go out of my way to eat it.  There seems to be a bazillion recipes online, specially  My godmother even has a recipe book dedicated to kale recipes.  “Whoa!” (Can you picture Joey Lawrence from Blossom saying that?  I loved that show!)

I feel that if I lived in California then perhaps kale wouldn’t be a stranger in my kitchen.  Two weeks ago I tried to buy it at my local grocery store.  I thought that if I had it in my fridge then I’d be inspired to cook with it.  However, there was only one sad bunch left and the leaves were all gross looking.  I checked the store again last week.  Victory!  There were a whopping 5 bunches to choose from.  With my bunch of kale in hand, I proudly set out to take on this kale phenomenon.

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Brace yourself for a plate full of green colored pasta!  Regardless of how it may come across in photos, this kale sauce is delicious!  I don’t even think that you taste the kale.  All of the wonderful flavors from the onions, garlic, and seasonings compliment it so well and bring everything all together into this fabulous sauce.  It’s creamy, but it isn’t perfectly smooth thanks to the little tiny bits of kale.

Are you new to kale?  Perhaps you’re a bit intimidated by its fancy looking leaves or by its superfood reputation.  This sauce is a great introduction for those of you who have not yet jumped on the kale bandwagon.  If you are already a kale enthusiast, then hopefully this is a creative new way to enjoy it.

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If it’s not obvious already, this sauce is very healthy because I used low fat ricotta cheese and milk.  Yay, for healthy points!

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I must not judge a book by its cover because if I enjoy green colored spaghetti, then I bet I’d also adore green colored cookies.     🙂



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Slightly adapted from: Canuck Cuisine


Here are some of my other favorite pasta dishes.

Pasta With Tomato Cream Sauce

08Pasta With Tomato Cream Sauce

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

07Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Bow-tie Chicken Alfredo

03Bowtie Chicken Alfredo


  1. I am with you on the kale. this is a very interesting dish. the execution looks great. how did it really taste?

    1. Tina says:

      I’ve tried kale salad from Trader Joe’s and did not like it (at all), but a couple of weeks ago I ordered salmon with a kale pesto at a restaurant and loved it…go figure. That pesto was my inspiration for finding this recipe. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this sauce. I know kale can sometimes be bitter and “earthy.” I think the onions, garlic, and dairy help to balance out (or negate) the bitterness. My husband liked it but not as much as me. I think it honestly tastes great, but of course it always comes down to personal preference. 🙂

  2. Aleks @ says:

    Thanks for trying out my recipe! It’s fun to read another person’s interpretation, I’m glad it turned out – see, we can enjoy kale without doing weird things like juicing it, or baking … uncomplicated. I’ll add you to my bookmarks, looking forward to see you back on my blog. Take care

    1. Tina says:

      I completely agree! Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe! I follow you on twitter and G+ and I look forward to seeing what you’ll be up to next. 🙂
      I appreciate you taking the time to stop by!!

  3. This kale sauce sounds delicious! I tend to like green food better. Probably because it’s healthier, so I don’t feel bad eating it.

    1. Tina says:

      I love it when I can enjoy guilt free food. 🙂

  4. YAYYYY!!!! I’m expecting this will be making an appearance in the link-up on Friday?!! I think it looks gorgeous. I am a kale freak which apparently means I belong in California lol. Yes, I am aware it’s not normal to have an obsessed with a green vegetable! So creative T 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Oh yeah… totally linking up to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Who’s to say what “normal” is?! You have a healthy obsession and I think you’re awesome for it, my friend! 🙂

  5. You’re right… it’s not easy being green! Haha… but this pasta sounds great… love the kale sauce, so creative!

    1. Tina says:

      Hehe, thanks Chris! 🙂

  6. Ashley says:

    I’m a big fan of kale – and you have great timing with this recipe! I have a huge bunch of kale in my fridge leftover from something else that I need to use up! This pasta sounds great!

    1. Tina says:

      Coolio! I have leftovers so this is what I’ll be enjoying tonight. 🙂

  7. Mary Frances says:

    I personally love green foods! This pasta dish looks perfect. What a great use of kale!

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! Thanks. 🙂

  8. Green or not, this pasta dish looks scrumptious to me. The color is gorgeous!

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Consuelo! 🙂

  9. I think this pasta is just so pretty! I’ve never had kale sauce before, but I bet it’s delicious.

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks so much Ashley! 🙂

  10. here i was thinking how else could kale be utilized! pasta sauce! never came to my mind! brilliant!

    1. Tina says:

      I was the same as you and so excited when I found this recipe online. 🙂

  11. Hi there Tina! This pasta sounds amazing. I love pesto so I know I would love the bright and vibrant taste of kale with the ricotta cheese. This is a great vegetarian entry.

    1. Tina says:

      I love pesto too so I bet you’ll love this kale sauce. 🙂

  12. This looks great, Tina! I’m always hunting for fun (and easy) new pasta ideas. Although I suspect finding kale in my local market will be similar to your adventure. We shall see! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Tina says:

      I hope you have better luck then me finding kale!

  13. Tina, this dish is gorgeous! I seriously want a huge plate of that for lunch! What a creative way to use kale. Such pretty pictures too!

    1. Tina says:

      I appreciate the compliments. Thanks so much Cate. 🙂

  14. Tina, THIS I would definitely eat! And, you always make green food so appetizing!

    1. Tina says:

      You are always so sweet! Thanks Gloria. 🙂

  15. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve actually never tried kale! I know, shock horror! Or maybe I have without realising it. But on the whole that bandwagon has definitely passed me by. Still, this pesto looks great. I love different kinds of pestos and even if I can’t find any kale over here in Greece I’m sure I could use spinach or something else green instead!

    1. Tina says:

      Don’t be embarrassed at all! There are many foods out there that I’ve never tried before too. I bet spinach would work too! If you end up trying it, let me know. 🙂

  16. Tina this looks delicious! I love green foods! The more the merrier!! I’m not a huge fan of raw kale, but cooked up I think it is great. I love that you made a pesto out of it. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Tina says:

      I’m with you…I think I only like kale if it’s cooked (at least that’s been my experience so far). 🙂

  17. Kelly says:

    This looks incredible Tina – I’m a big kale fan and actually really love green foods haha I know I’m weird 😉 This pasta sounds delicious and love that it’s on the healthier side too – can’t wait to try this – pinning 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Awesome! Go go green. 🙂

  18. Love this recipe! It looks like pesto, but the fact that it’s a kale sauce is even better. Can’t wait to try it, Tina!

    1. Tina says:

      It does remind me a bit like pesto! I hope you like it just as much as I do. 🙂

  19. Carol says:

    Excellent site. Plenty of helpful info here. I’m sending it to some friends ans also
    sharing in delicious. And naturally, thank you on your effort!

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