Go Back
+ servings

Pasta with Kale, Lemon and Parmesan

It's a "boil the kale, boil the pasta, then toss with some lemon and Parmesan" kind of simple.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Servings - 4 servings


  • 12 kale leaves
  • 1 lb. small pasta noodles fusili or small shell
  • 2 lemons juiced and zested
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh fruit side
  • grilled, sliced chicken mix-in


  • In a medium saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to boil. Add 1 Tbsp salt and then add the kale leaves. Boil 2-3 minutes, or until the kale is soft and bright green. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water. Let sit for a few minutes before chopping. Then chop into bite size pieces.
  • In a different saucepan (or the same one), boil the pasta noodles. Once cooked, drain and rinse with cool water if you are planning to serve this as a cold dish.
  • Toss the cooked pasta with the chopped kale leaves. Then squeeze in the juice of 2 lemons, plus 1 tsp lemon zest. Add in the olive oil and some salt and pepper. Toss well.
  • Add the Parmesan cheese and toss again.
  • Serve as is...or with fresh fruit...or with sliced grilled chicken on top. Or mixed in. (whatever works for you, works for me!)
  • Serve chilled or warm.