Kale is a plant in the Brassicaceae family that also includes favorites such as cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, arugula, and Brussels sprouts. Kale has been nicknamed King Kale because of its superior nutritional profile and health benefits. It is also delicious and can be easily incorporated into many meals.
Kale is rich in vitamin A, K, C, B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium. It has a high chlorophyll content and contains 3g of protein per cup. In fact, a cup of raw kale contains more vitamin C, an important antioxidant, than an orange, and is also one of the best-known sources of vitamin K. In addition, kale is a good source of fiber and is low in fat and calories. This makes kale one of the most nutritionally dense foods.
There are obviously many ways to use kale in your meals, from sides to smoothies and even desserts. Here we have a list of the best ways to incorporate kale into your favorite pasta dishes.
1. Garden picnic pasta salad with vegetables, herbs and orange-miso tahini vinaigrette
Source: Garden Picnic Pasta Salad with Vegetables, Herbs and Orange-Miso Tahini Dressing / One Green Planet
Kale plays an essential role in this picnic pasta salad with vegetables, herbs and orange-miso tahini dressing from The Whole Foods Diet. The pasta is tossed with a rainbow of veggies and topped with a creamy orange miso tahini dressing for a citrus zest. Here kale is eaten raw. It’s a quick meal to prepare and works wonderfully as leftovers.
2. Creamy Kale and Zucchini Pasta
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This is a great recipe for those looking for an alternative to wheat pasta. It is also ideal for this time of year when zucchini is highly in season. In this recipe from Creamy kale and Rouxbe zucchini pasta, kale is cooked with caramelized onions and mixed with zucchini noodles. A creamy tahini sauce brings it all together.
3. Creamy Tuscan Kale Pasta in a Jar
Source: One Pot / One Green Planet Creamy Tuscan Kale Pasta
You can have this meal ready in under 30 minutes. The creamy sauce of this creamy Tuscan kale pasta from Shanika Graham-White is made from cashews that give you a velvety texture and a high protein boost. The kale is sautéed with garlic and tomatoes for a rich, flavorful flavor.
4. Primavera pasta
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It’s a very simple dish that requires you to add a few veggies and, of course, kale to a jar of tomato sauce. It could be the one you’ve had in your pantry waiting for the perfect recipe to go with it. This Primavera pasta recipe from Wholesome LLC is a perfect weekday meal.
5. Bowl of vegetable protein pasta salad
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This bowl of vegetable protein pasta salad by Nikki and Zuzana ask for red lentil pasta that adds protein power, but you can use any paste you like. You will still get plenty of protein from black lentils and hemp heart dressing. Here, kale is accompanied by its green friends, spinach, arugula and a host of fresh herbs.
6. Pasta with kale nut pesto
Source: Kale Nut Pesto Pasta / One Green Planet
This Mitra Shirmohammadi Kale Nut Pesto Pasta Recipe couldn’t be simpler. Besides making a jar of pasta, all you need to do is put all the ingredients in a blender to make a batch of this kale pesto. Kale is added to the pesto with the traditional flavor of basil. Walnuts are used instead of pine nuts, and a good dose of nutritional yeast gives it that “cheesy” note.
7. Spaghetti with Caesar
Source: Spaghetti à la César / One Green Planet
This Kim Sujovolsky’s Caesar Spaghetti recipe is another easy one to prepare. The kale is sautéed with garlic and mixed with the spaghetti. Then the dish is served with a portion of almond Parmesan, lemon and chili flakes.
8. Sweet potato noodles with garlic cashew cream
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Here’s another great gluten-free “pasta” option. This Sweet Potato Noodle with Garlic Cashew Cream Recipe from Christine Zulkosky takes a creamy cashew sauce and serves it with sweet potato noodles, a generous helping of kale and large mushrooms. to give it a bite.
9. Comforting Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole
Source: Comforting Kale Pesto Pasta Casserole / One Green Planet
This comforting kale pesto pasta casserole from Florian Nouh is full of texture and flavor. The crust is made with gluten-free breadcrumbs and the pasta is mixed with a kale-based pesto. The whole dish is respected and then put in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. It’s a beautiful vegan version of a classic comfort food.
10. Kale Lasagna
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We can hardly make a list of favorite pastas and leave out the beautiful lasagna. This kale lasagna from Peffe Stahl is vegan and gluten free. This is a very simple recipe that requires a béchamel sauce made from soy milk or oats that is layered between sheets of vegan lasagna. The kale is then sautéed with onions before joining the béchamel.
Make your pasta dishes even more delicious and nutritious with a generous helping of kale.
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