Spaghetti with Kale and Tomato Sauce

Did any of you happen to have any extra pounds just jump on you over the holidays? I looked down and all the sudden my pants were tight. GAH! Tight pants are just not fun. I don’t care who tells you they are. They aren’t! So instead of crying over it I decided to do something about it. I started a little juicing thing. I know right who am I? So if I seem a little crabby you’ll know why ; ) I’m not doing a radical juicing (cause I would end up hurting someone without food food) I’m starting out slowly with one glass in the morning and one later in the day when I’m craving sweets. It’s giving me the extra veggies I need and keeping me full in between “chewing” meals.

So what am I eating in between those glasses? My regular food of course. There’s no way I could ever give up pasta. It’s just not going to happen. This is a simple pasta dish that in moderation I don’t feel bad about eating (and who am I kidding, I don’t really feel bad about eating any pasta). I happen to have lots of KALE in the house. I’ve been getting these beautiful bunches from my CSA every week and mostly it’s been to feed into my juicer.

This is a recipe I typically would add Arugula to but today instead I swapped it out for Kale. I had it on hand and I really am a firm believer that you should use what you have on hand. It’s not only a gorgeous sauce, it added a really nice texture and crunch to the pasta.

Kale is absolutely fantastic for you. If you want to incorporate more Kale into your diet check out:


Spaghetti with Kale and Tomato Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic - crushed
  • 26.46 ounces chopped tomatoes - I used Pomi`
  • salt/pepper
  • 4 large kale leaves - stems removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 pound spaghetti


  1. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling add spaghetti and cook until al dente. Drain.
  2. Into a medium sauce pan over medium heat add: oil, garlic and tomatoes. Season with salt/pepper. Stir to combine. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, stirring as necessary. Add kale. Stir to combine. Continue cooking an additional 10 minutes.
  3. Add cooked pasta to sauce pan. Toss to combine.
  4. Transfer to serving dish and serve immediately.


Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    I’m so glad you have a healthy idea of dieting. Not many people do these days! Juicing is good, and so is chewing 🙂

  2. 2

    Mmm kale and spaghetti sound great together!

  3. 3

    Gorgeous! How do you get your spaghetti to twist so perfectly? And, I hurt people when I don’t get enough food too! Lol!

  4. 4

    I love how simple this is, perfect for a busy weeknight!

  5. 5

    Mmm…I know what’s for dinner tonight. Love the addition of kale 😀

  6. 6

    I just introduced the niece and nephew (4 & 5) to “Dinosaur Food” – that’s what we’re calling kale to get them to be a little less suspicious.

    I showed them the photos, and they both went “OOOOh, Dinosaur Spaghetti!”. Think we’ll be making that this week, my friend. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. 7

    🙂 this looks so warm and comforting! i love the idea of adding kale to your spaghetti!

  8. 8

    Those little spirals are tantalizing. This sounds fabulous, Paula. Wish I was having some for dinner!

  9. 9

    How do you get those perfect little swirls!? I try to do that every time I plate pasta and it just never comes out that pretty!

  10. 10

    A pasta photo that rocks and the perfect slimming pasta recipe. I hate this, but sometimes nothing else will suffice : “Yum”.

  11. 11

    Beautiful… This pasta looks amazing! Love the photos… They are stunning.

  12. 12

    Love how simple and healthy this pasta dish is. A nice clean dish.

  13. 13

    Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I love pasta sauce that has texture and I love my leafy greens, so this recipe is right up my alley! I think I know what the Fuji family is having for dinner sometime this week… 🙂

  14. 14

    Love those twirls of spaghetti!

  15. 15

    Holy Cuteness!! And so healthy, love it.

  16. 16

    Those little twirls make my heart dance a little jig.

  17. 17

    Delicious but it only looks like 3 mouth fulls?!

  18. 18

    I love the idea of a “non radical” juicing! I also love the idea of this spaghetti – perfect for the kale that will be arriving in my organic box delivery this afternoon 🙂 A great way to get in my veggies!

  19. 19

    Paula, you’re realistic about eating AND cooking, using what’s on hand — love that. And your sauce photo is SO realistic, I almost grabbed the handle to carry it to my stove!

  20. 20

    I just came home from a two-week tour of Italy and I have to admit – I am a convert! I am so in love with the culture, the warmth, and the FOOD! I also love the fact that most of the places we went to require a lot of walking. It is so charming!

    I hope I could bring Italy to my home 🙂

    Cheers to your blog!


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