Kale and Ricotta Pasta

Kale and Ricotta Pasta RecipeWe just got home from the most heavenly vacation. It was exactly what the doctor ordered, peaceful and relaxing. I’ll write more about it later, I have tons of pictures to go through. It was so good.

After being gone for 10 days, I came home to a completely empty fridge. I always clean the house from top to bottom (including the fridge) before we leave; do you do that too? I like to come home to a really clean house, it makes the transition to real-life a little easier. After almost two weeks of indulging, I like to fill my fridge with healthy foods to cancel out the damage that was done on vacation. I actually love grocery shopping, and I always really look forward to it. I love the post-vacation shop the most. While I was gone, I craved green juice. If you ever would have told me that I could crave a green juice, I would have told you that you were crazy but I really love it. Anyway, I bought a ton of kale at the store for juice and had some extra. I have made a pasta very similar to this one with spinach many times, and thought I’d give it a whirl with baby kale. I liked it even more than when I make it with spinach.

Now that I am over my fear of kale, (thanks to the Sargento Flavor Journey). I try to get it into as many things that I can. It is so good for you, and I am finding it really easy to add to things and no one is the wiser. Kale gets a bad rap; it can be a tough sell, let’s be honest. Baby kale is a good gateway to heartier kale leaves. It is really great tossed with a little vinaigrette, dried cranberries, and walnuts. Kale and Ricotta Pasta Recipe1 pound whole wheat pasta
3 cups baby kale
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves
Salt and pepper
1 cup Sargento Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup Sargento Artisan Parmesan Cheese
Juice and zest from one lemon
3 Tablespoons chopped pistachios

Kale and Ricotta Pasta RecipeBring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt. Add kale and cook for 3 minutes.

Kale and Ricotta Pasta RecipePull kale out of pot with a spider, or slotted spoon. Drain well. Using the same water (it will be a little green from the kale), add pasta and cook according to package directions.

Kale and Ricotta Pasta RecipeHeat a large sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook garlic for 30 seconds. Add kale. Season with salt and pepper, cook until tender, about 3 minutes.

kale and ricotta pasta recipeDrain pasta (reserve some cooking liquid in case you need to thin your sauce). Add pasta to the sauté pan. Add ricotta cheese, half of the Parmesan, lemon zest and juice.

kale and ricotta pasta recipeToss well. Add reserved cooking liquid if necessary.

kale and ricotta pasta recipeServe with remaining Parmesan and pistachios.

Kale and Ricotta Pasta

Kale and Ricotta Pasta

Yield: serves 4 to 6

Kale and Ricotta Pasta - Whole wheat pasta with a creamy ricotta sauce and kale.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole wheat pasta
  • 3 cup baby kale
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup Sargento Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sargento Parmesan Cheese
  • Juice and zest from one lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped pistachios

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt. Add kale and cook for 3 minutes. Pull kale out of pot with a spider, or slotted spoon. Drain well. Add pasta and cook according to package directions.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook garlic for 30 seconds. Add kale. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain pasta (reserve some cooking liquid in case you need to thin your sauce). Add pasta to the sauté pan. Add ricotta cheese, half of the Parmesan, lemon zest and juice. Toss well. Add reserved cooking liquid if necessary. Serve with remaining Parmesan and pistachios.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

**This post is a part of my ongoing collaboration with Sargento Cheese. All opinions are 100% my own.**

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This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Tieghan Gerard

    Looks so good. I love adding kale to creamy pasta. It adds great texture!!

    1. bakedbree

      It does!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    so happy kale is in your life more now…this pasta looks fabulous!

    1. bakedbree

      Lol! Thank you! I am starting to eat it because I like it, not because I feel like I have to. 🙂

  3. Julie P

    Thanks for sharing, I was looking for a new recipe with kale and this looks yummy, kids friendly and easy to make!

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome Julie!

  4. Stacey Woods

    I am making this. Tomorrow. That looks amazing. And I’m craving a green juice too… well, either that or a chocolate bar. 😉

    1. bakedbree

      Yeah! Hope that you love it! And go get some chocolate. 🙂

  5. Abbie

    Wow, this looks so good! Whole Wheat pasta is the best. I used to love white pasta, but now that I’ve tried different whole grain pastas, I like them way better.
    Wonderful photos! 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      I do too. I really think whole grain pastas have come a long way.

  6. Laura

    Mmmmm this looks like it would hit the spot…I love finding out delicious ways to use kale…thank you!

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome Laura!

  7. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    Yum- the perfect welcome home dinner. Comforting and easy!

    1. bakedbree

      My favorite combo!

  8. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)

    This looks healthy but ALSO tasty, which is key!

    1. bakedbree

      It is both for sure!

  9. Sarah

    Looks delicious. I’ve never really tried cooking with kale but I’ll definitely try and give this recipe a go later this week.

    1. bakedbree

      I hope that you like it!

  10. sue

    Trying to make friends with kale… this looks like a perfect way to start . Going to try this recipe on Monday .. Thank you as always for all your yummy recipes

    1. bakedbree

      You really should make friends with it. It is so good for you. I hope this was a good introduction.

  11. Candice

    Hi Bree, I found your blog whilst looking for a recipe for Eton mess and have been having a browse. This recipe looks absolutely delicious. I hate coming back from holidays and there’s no milk in the fridge for a cup of tea but yes, I still do like to clean everything out before!

    1. bakedbree

      Welcome! Me too. I have zero food in my house right now because we are leaving again in a few days. 🙂

  12. Paleo Diet food

    Thanks for the post “Kale and Ricotta Pasta”. I found it very helpful and expect other will find it useful too.

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you!

  13. Rosie

    Just made this! The adults loved it but it got the thumbs down from the 3 kiddies. It was very dry, if I did it again I’d maybe add some cream but definitely smaller serves and serve with crispy salad with lots of dressing to compensate from the dryness.

    1. bakedbree

      The recipes addresses this and says to add the reserved cooking water to thin it out.

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