Baby Kale Pasta Recipe

This baby kale pasta recipe is a quick and easy dinner that is delicious, filling, and makes everyone happy at the dinner table!

Pasta night is always a good night around here. I love it because all I have to do is toss in a few tasty ingredients with my pasta, give it a toss or two in a skillet and dinner is served. It’s hard to do pasta wrong if you have good ingredients.

A skillet full of this just-made Baby Kale Pasta Recipe.

I like to keep things simple and work with what I have on hand. In this case, turkey bacon, tomatoes and baby kale! Baby kale is incredibly nutritious stuff (it’s a superfood!).  Add some protein and other veggies and you’ve got yourself a complete meal. I love on pot/pan meals! Well technically, two pots/pans because you have to cook the pasta first. But whatever. You get what I’m saying….


This is a very simple dish that doesn’t require a lot of fuss. The best way to serve this after cooking is with a small pat of butter and some parmesan cheese. You can add salt and pepper if you wish. But that’s it! Not much fuss at all.

A side view of this Baby Kale Pasta Recipe


For this recipe, I used Banza chickpea pasta. I love the brand and it’s far easier on my blood sugar than regular pasta. But if you like regular pasta, feel free! I highly recommend a whole grain pasta with this dish. Not just because it’s healthier, but also because it adds a certain flavor that works super well with this dish.

An overhead view of this Baby Kale Pasta Recipe

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A skillet full of this just-made Baby Kale Pasta Recipe.

Baby Kale Pasta Recipe

A deliciously simple pasta dinner everyone will enjoy.
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Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 304kcal


  • Skillet


  • 3 cups packed baby kale
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ lb. dry pasta (cooked to package directions)
  • 4 strips bacon (cooked – I used Applegate Turkey Bacon)
  • 2 tbsp. oil (divided)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese to taste


  • Sauté the kale and tomatoes in 1 tbsp. oil until the kale is wilted.
  • Stir in the garlic for one minute, then stir in the pasta and chopped, pre-cooked bacon along with the last half of the oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve with parmesan if using.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include final seasonings of salt, pepper or parmesan.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1884IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg

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