Feeding yourself a healthy dinner can be hard after a long day. My favorite 30-minute meal lately has been this Lemon + Herb Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta, which is flavorful, filling, and fast! Chopped kale, garlic, lemon juice, and your favorite pasta are blanketed in a creamy Parmesan white wine sauce. The perfect comfort meal to wind down and relax with!
Hello, pasta lovers! Do you ever dream of velvety, creamy pasta that is comforting but also good for you? Today, that dream is about to come true!
Lemon + Herb Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta combines high-quality, healthy ingredients such as kale, garlic, and lemon and combines them with your favorite pasta. The result is a fast and fabulous meal that is filling and refreshing.
Pasta is extra special to me because I grew up eating it in so many ways. For a quick meal, I would toss pasta with some butter and cheese and happily call it dinner.
This kale pasta is a grown-up version of that meal I had when I was younger. Instead of simply adding butter and cheese, I also add kale, garlic, lemon, and white wine. Such a classic comfort meal with a healthy twist!
While some would not deem pasta as a health food, I like to pair my pasta with other healthy ingredients. This ensures that I’m getting enough nutrients while still enjoying the glorious carbohydrates that pasta offers.
While my recipe calls for traditional white pasta, feel free to change up the variety based on your diet!
There are tons of different kinds of pasta out there for any dietary restrictions. If you would like the benefits of whole grains, you can use whole grain pasta.
Gluten-sensitive people can use any variety of gluten-free pasta. There are so many different types of noodles at the grocery store, you will be certain to find a variety that you enjoy. You can even choose a flavored pasta, such as spinach and herb or sun-dried tomato.
In addition to your pasta choice, there are plenty of other healthy ingredients in this quick dinner recipe. Lemon + Herb Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta offers healthy fats and vitamin D from the kale, gut benefits from the garlic, and vitamin C content from the lemon. Feel free to add any additional vegetables that you enjoy in your pasta for even more nutrition and heartiness.
To begin, cook pasta according to packaging.
NOTE: rigatoni pasta doesn’t take a long time to cook, usually 8-10 minutes. However, you should cook at 6-8 minutes or so for ‘al dente’.
Over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a 10-inch skillet.
Once heated, melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and add minced garlic sauté frequently for about 1 minute until translucent and fragrant.
Add in the seasonings and stir together until well combined. Add in the kale and cook until the kale becomes wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the lemon juice, white cooking wine, chicken stock, and grated cheese until combined and sauce begins to bubble, about 3-4 minutes. Add in the cooked pasta and stir until pasta is well coated.
Remove from heat and serve with additional grated parmesan, if desired.
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