Pasta with Kale and Sun Dried Tomatoes



  • 16 ounces whole grain fusilli pasta (whole wheat, brown rice, or quinoa pasta)
  • 5 cups bagged baby kale*
  • 1 jar julienned sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or more, if you like it spicier)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Boil pasta according to package directions.  With 5 minutes of pasta cooking time remaining, add the kale to the boiling water and pasta.  Continue cooking until pasta is al dente.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water.  Drain.
  2. While the pasta and kale cook, heat the sun dried tomatoes and oil in a large skillet over medium heat about 4 minutes.  Add crushed red pepper and garlic.  Cook 1 more minute, stirring frequently.  Add reserved pasta water and stir.  Add pasta, kale, salt, and pepper.  Toss to combine.

*If you can’t find baby kale, it is fine to use regular kale.  You’ll just need to remove the tough center rib before placing leaves in the pasta water.

Serves six.

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