Penne with Kale + Sautéed Vegetables

This recipe was created from a love for kale and the appreciation of simple weeknight meals.  It can be easily vegan-ized, by skipping the fresh parmesan cheese.  I would also recommend opting for kamut or spelt pasta noodles, but in a bind and an effort not to waste, we used what we had which was traditional penne.

Penne with Kale + Sautéed Vegetables Recipe

Penne with Kale and Sauteed Vegetables

Makes 6 servings


  • 1 package penne noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 bunch kale, coarse stems removed, leaves sliced or simply torn into pieces
  • 1 sweet red pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 cups porcini mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

Sauteed Red Pepper and Mushrooms

Penne with Kale and Sauteed Vegetables


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil, add kale and boil for two minutes.  Remove kale using tongs so you can use reserved water to boil your pasta.  
  • Place kale in a bowl of cold water and let it blanch (retain dark green colour and tenderize the kale) as you prepare the rest of the dish.
  • Cook pasta noodles in the reserved water according to the packaging instructions.  Drain and set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil.
  • Add garlic and sauté until barely starting to turn golden and fragrant.
  • Add mushrooms, red peppers, chili flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Keep sautéing until red pepper has softened and mushrooms are a delicious darker brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Combine the cooked pasta, drained kale, and vegetables in the pot you used to cook the pasta and kale.  Drizzle with olive oil, and toss to combine.
  • Serve and garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional).

Penne with Kale and Sauteed Vegetables

3 thoughts on “Penne with Kale + Sautéed Vegetables

  1. I know my husband would love this dish – he’s a pasta guy! And believe it or not, he also loved kale even before we went vegan. I only started liking kale recently. Probably because I didn’t strip it when I first started cooking with it. It tastes horrible when you don’t strip it, but I know better now. Great recipe – thanks for sharing. Celeste:)

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