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Creamy Kale & Sun-dried Tomato Pasta

This creamy sun-dried tomato pasta with kale is the perfect mix of nourishing and comforting. Eat on its own or pair with a protein or side salad. Enjoy!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Easy Pasta Recipe, Healthy Dinner, Pasta, Sun-dried tomato pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author hannahmageerd


  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes drained and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups chopped kale loosely packed
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pasta water reserved from cooking
  • optional: fresh basil or parsley chopped


  • Cook penne pasta according to package directions. Drain, saving 1/4 pasta water and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan or skillet over medium heat.
  • Add minced garlic and chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Cook for 30 seconds to a minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir to combine, then add kale and continue to saute for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Carefully add the broth and half and half to the saucepan, stir and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add parmesan cheese and stir for another minute or so, until the cheese melts.
  • Add drained pasta and pasta water, stirring well to coat the noodles. Optional: add more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately with more parmesan and chopped fresh basil or parsley (optional). Enjoy!