Kale Pasta with Easy Garlic Sauce

Kale pasta with easy garlic sauce (via abeautifulmess.com) About three years ago, Trey got me a set of pasta making attachments for my KitchenAid mixer—and everything changed.

OK, not everything. But I did learn to make and appreciate fresh homemade pasta. The texture is out of this world! I love dry pasta too, as it certainly takes WAY less time to throw a meal together using it, but fresh pasta is worth the effort when you have the time to make it.

Somehow I pretty much always end up making homemade pasta at least once or twice around this time of year. I think with Valentine’s on my mind, I just figure February is the month to spend a few nights making an extra special homemade meal if you’re into that kind of thing. And I’m WAY in it. 🙂

Kale pasta with easy garlic sauce (via abeautifulmess.com) This dish features pasta made with a whole cup of kale! It gets topped with a two minute butter, oil, and garlic situation. Then you throw on some Parmesan cheese and a big squeeze of lemon, and you’re in business. The pasta takes time to make, but everything else about this meal comes together in minutes! I love that the topping on this dish just enhances the flavor and texture of the fresh pasta.

Have I convinced you to make this yet? Good, let’s do this.

How to make homemade pastaKale Pasta with Easy Garlic Sauce, makes 4 generous servings.

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour*
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 yolks
1/2 cup kale juice**

For the sauce:
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 cloves of garlic
1 lemon
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Let’s address those asterisks first. I used 1/2 cup of whole wheat pastry flour in this pasta, but if you prefer to use only all-purpose, you can easily use 2 full cups instead of the 1 1/2 listed.

Next, what is kale juice? Is that something only Whole Foods sells? (Maybe.) I made 1/2 cup of kale juice by blending together 1 cup (about 1.75 oz.) of raw kale, large veins removed, and 1/3 cup water. You can do this in a good blender (I used my Vitamix) or a food processor. You could also make real kale juice with a juicer. No matter your method, you want the juice to be, well, very liquid. You do NOT want large pieces of raw kale still present as this will not make for that smooth pasta texture we’re going for.

Homemade kale pastaIn a large mixing bowl combine the flours, oil, yolks, and kale juice. Stir together until a loose dough ball forms. Then knead together with your clean hands. If your dough does not hold together and is still very crumbly, it may need more moisture. Just add a teaspoon or two of water at a time until you are able to press it into a ball. You don’t want excessive amounts of moisture here, but it does need to hold together.

Now you can roll and cut pasta by hand, but I’ve already revealed that this is not what I do. 🙂 I have a pasta roller that attaches to my KitchenAid mixer. I simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions to roll out the dough, and then I use a fettuccine attachment to cut. Have a plan for how you are going to hang your pasta so it won’t stick together while you get your water ready, or for where you will dry it out so you can store it in the refrigerator. A pasta rack is great, but you can also just get creative.

You can read more details on rolling, cutting, and drying pasta here.

Homemade kale pasta (via abeautifulmess.com)Now you’ve made kale pasta! Hooray!

If you are cooking your pasta the same day you make it, then get some salted water boiling! Fresh pasta will cook faster than dry; I cooked mine for about 5-6 minutes.

While the pasta is boiling, get your sauce ready. Mince the garlic. In a small saucepan melt the butter and oil together over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, just until it begins to brown and becomes very fragrant.

Toss the sauce over the cooked, drained pasta.

Kale pasta with easy garlic sauce (via abeautifulmess.com) Top with salt, pepper, Parmesan, and a few fresh herbs if you have them (I used parsley and thought it went great with this!). Serve with a lemon wedge to be squeezed over everything just before eating. I know, I’m getting a bit bossy here, but trust me! The bright pop of lemon juice goes great with the subtle kale flavor in this dish. Happy pasta making! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • That looks absolutely delicious – I really like your recipes, they are always healthy and yummy!

  • My 3 year old twins loved this!!! They asked if we can “dye” are pasta green every time. Thank you so much for the recipe. It work like a charm using the all AP flour version (8 oz by weight).

  • This deserves a serious “sneaky parent nutrition” tag! I hadn’t thought about it before seeing this post, but what an easy way to get more vegetables into your kids. What kid doesn’t love noodles?! Thanks for adding one more tool to the healthy family food arsenal.

  • mmm looks so delicious. i’m a big fan of garlic // ▲ conundrumofcoitus.com ▲

  • OMG … Kale pasta – YES 😀 That’s such an awesome idea. I’d totaly green-ify that even more with basil pesto… so so good.


  • This looks so tasty!! I can’t wait to try it myself! I’m so glad you shared your recipe!

  • This looks so yummy. I’ve had spinach pasta but never kale x


  • Emma it looks delicious as always! Thanks for sharing!
    xx Caroline


  • This pasta looks amazing! I’m going to have to give it a try asap!


  • This may be the only way I can get my husband to eat kale! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

    XO – Sarah

  • Oh my goodness. This looks so delicious! I will give this a try this weekend. 🙂


  • This looks SO yummy – I’ve never heard of Kale pasta before but it sounds like such a simple way to get some extra nutrients in. Now all I have to do is persuade my other half to buy me pasta making equipment haha

    Steph – http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

  • I love homemade pasta. This dish looks delicious 🙂

  • My husband asked for a pasta maker for Christmas, of all things, so he got it! So far we’ve only made plain egg noodles for soup, but since kale and I are in a serious, committed relationship (don’t tell my husband… Wait, I think he already did knows), this will DEFINITELY be our next homemade pasta. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • Wow, 6 gloves of garlic! That sounds so delicious, and I’m sure that you’ll keep the vampires (and some people) away with that haha

  • This looks so yummy! I cant wait to try it!


  • Ha! Yes, remember it’s over four servings. But still, I love me some garlic and I hate me some vampires. So there you go. 🙂


  • You’ve convinced me to try some homemade pasta. Now I just have to will a pasta attachment into my life, because I’m not about doing things the hard way if I don’t have to.

  • I hear you! Although silver lining if you don’t have an attachment: you’ll burn extra calories rolling out the dough super thin so you can eat more pasta after. 🙂


  • I’ve never done my own pasta. But this recipe looks so delicious and I love kale so I’m dying to try.
    Great plan for this weekend! 🙂


  • Ohhhh my goodness! Kale Pasta! This is the first time I’ve seen it with kale. I would love to try this. It looks so yummy!

    With Love

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